Starting from a small village it took me around 20-25min to reach the top, the road being littered with leaves and dirt and fallen branches making it a fantastic playground to avoid all these little obstacles. I could feel the altitude and it was starting to get a bit dark and cold. And I was completely alone. No one on the road. No houses next to the road. Not even any vending machines which here in japan means that you are surely out in the wilderness!! It was a brilliant ride with very mixed road condition and also width of the road which added a special flair to it. The top was closed though and I felt strangely alone and disconnected up there. decided to roll down in neutral with the engine shut off and had an near magic ride only hearing the wind and a surprisingly well greased and smooth sound from the bike, no rattling or anything. Weird not having any drive out from the turns but otherwise brilliant, more like skiing or something. And then it hit me, that something is actually bicycling... something I've come to think of as a boring and primitive version of motorcycling... an activity linked with tight pants and go-faster-shades, but I might need to reconsider all that now, because this strange, silent and smooth ride down went straight in on the top ten list! Confused.
Fuji strange ride
Yesterday was somehow strange, joined a friend to go riding with a group of his friends and quickly got reminded why I normally don't do big groups... we were standing still more than moving, fuel-coffee-toilet-stops being the main focus of the day... but nice weather and a very nice lunch break at a strange blobby building close to mr Fuji made it a pretty nice ride anyway. In the afternoon I went alone to check a small road which I've been curious about because on the map it seemed like it would connect two of my favorite roads, it looked small and indicated that i'd have to cross a pass at almost 2000m -perfect!