In a last minute decision we met up in the small town of Maibara on the edge of Lake Biwa to start a 200+km bike ride around the lake. Being the largest lake in the country and seeing as how we aren't at all in shape for such a trip we were worried it could be a disaster. Turned out to be amazing fun and super beautiful courtesy of the thousands of perfectly in-bloom cherry blossom trees. 10 out of 10, would cycle again.
Getting ready for the day.
hi. i have a bike now.
Just about to set off. The staff here was super nice. They asked us for our Youtube channel, haha.
Starting to get a grasp on just how many sakura trees we were about to see.
Your standard big boi right there.
It'd be a challenge to find something more "Japan."
Lunch time! Pack in those calories!
Taking a break from the wind we were hitting on the north side of the lake.
The tiles on the roof of that house are cool.
The look on his face got me giggling.
Giant Kyde invades!
We spotted monkeys!
Moments before we got our camera out this one was sitting in the Sakura tree.
I got a picture of this monkey trying to take pictures of the other monkeys.
Came along a field of abandoned stone statues.
Made for a decent thumbnail.
This dude is stoked to slam that IC card around.
Gitten them goodz.
These sage nubbins are directing us to the pudding.
Pretty much extremely tired here, headed back to the hotel.
Something here ain't right.
Finally ready to sleep.
Carmella is a hussy.
Here's that babe that is in the shower room of our hotel. Heeeeeeey guuurl.
The hotel had nots from previous guests. This one is cute, clearly written by a young kid, they added furigana to the kanji haha.
I dig mirror selfies.
The local youth must really have a reputation of running out in the street haha.
Thumbnail photoshoot time!
And the b-sides!
Our parking spot for our little walk through the bamboo forest with the swampy vibe.
I promise this was totally safe to take. Don't worry.
Ok, I really didn't expect to come across this.
Who are the dutch!?
Tbh, with how tall I am I am probably the Dutch. Hahaha.
Ok, this is really cool. A bit surprised there is only of these gates in the lake.
Neat old mail truck.
Is that a real do.....oh, nope.
Kyde needs a shave.
Made it "home" before dark! Yay.
Trying to sort out if we are the right course, as they sorta bounce back and forth and somehow we kept getting lost.
Uhh...what is that?
lol oh. Of course. An elephant.
Wow, now that's high art.
Really enjoying these little oddball cars. There seem to be more of them in the countryside than the city.
Thumbnail photoshoot outtake.
I'm too big for Japan.
Seriously too big.
Speaking of quirky little cars!
We could see our hotel from the mountain peak! Was cool to visualize how far we had to pedal, then realize afterwards it wasn't that hard.
Just some more cherry blossoms, no big deal.
We pick our wine based on the animal on the label.
10 year anniversary dinner!
More high art.
A decent view from the mega hotel for breakfast.
Kewl arch. Why are all of Japan's fountains dead though?
Feeling cute, might delete later.
Kyde on the move.
Kyde's lunch we messed up and didn't film.
All you can eat plums! Be still my heart.
The famous "men-lifito" (noodle lift) photo.
Now we are talking!
Hahaha, NO GOLFING!! Dang kids and the rouge golfing.
A punny frog telling you to take your trash home.
The uh...Miami campgrounds? Where am I?
Kyde and some bikes looking really chill.
Kyde and one bike looking intently at a map.
Japanese construction sites are...of course...adorbs.
The sign I noticed telling us not to come to the little island full of older people. Glad I noticed this.
Some killer artwork by the local kids.
Seriously, haha, this is dope.
Ok, "blue" tomato jam. Hrm.
This is our view. Also, its proof as good as my phone's camera is it's digital trickery to blue backgrounds has it's limits, haha.
This photo is awesome. Check out the bird!
The ride in the afternoon was amazing looking.
I really like shadow photos.
Now this is a hell of a parking space.
Check out that mascot!
She's smuggling a mikan.
Speaking of cool mascots.
Must be a Brazilian community in the area, which is a thing in Japan to some folk's surprise.
You know the hotel is gonna be good when this is who greets you.
Sleep after a bike ride is amazing.
Saddlin' up the pony.
Nothing special here, just a rare photo of Eric on a bike, haha.
I found another golden poo.
This was my reaction to the poo.
Castle on the horizon.
Busy not reading the crow warning sign.
The photo opportunities with the flowers and castle were many.
A lady and a castle.
Lots of petals in the moat.
The best guess we have for the distance we rode. Prob short a few KM from when the computer was off. Oh, it's 142 miles.
Japan from the speedy train is so cool looking.
When the bullet train arrives at the end of line a team of ladies in pink swarm in to clean it.