The days riding started from Maebayashi, Chiba; heading for a town called Ami. There wasn’t anything particularly interesting about Ami that I knew about to choose that as a destination. It was the only place that offered accommodation within my budget, so there I go.
While riding in Japan, I couldn’t help but compare the roads to Taiwan since I was just there on my last bike trip. Taiwan definitely has Japan beat in this regard. The roads in Taiwan often times will have a scooter lanes or even a bike lane. Japanese roads are typically narrow with little to no shoulder. Probably wouldn’t be a big deal to the professional bicycle tourists, but a noob like me was spoiled by Taiwan.
I wasn’t sure of what to expect during the ride, but I didn’t expect to see so much land being farmed. Also a lot of neglected and abandoned houses and structures. I wonder what will happen to these pieces of property. Did the owners just die and left it to be? I find these derelict structures fascinating. The character and the history I make up for them is very appealing.
May 14 2017
Routes: 110, 107, 125
Moving time: 4 hours
Distance: 47 km / 29 miles
Elevation Gain: 279 meters / 915 feet