Bicycle Touring in Japan – Kamaishi to Ofunato via Mountain Roads

Continuing the ride through some of the areas affected by the 2011 tsunami / earthquake event, I had enough of Route 45. Tight roads and trucks, both which are typical of Japan, it seems. But up in the hills this day, the road was still tight but there were zero trucks.

Getting to the hills, I rode westbound on a side road paralleling the 283.

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Looking good already

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This side road ends and joins back up with the 283

 

Taking a left hand turn at 39.254181, 141.794290 into the hills, things started getting serious. There are definitely no stores up in the hills. In this heat and humidity, I had 2 bottles and 2 boxes of Calorie Mate. Definitely would liked to have had more water.

 

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New-looking road before the change in scenery

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Before long , the road looks like this

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Two-way traffic, folks. Luckily, nearly traffic free this day

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The climbing is brutal. Still more to come

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Passing through a village

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You’ll want to cross this bridge, the downhill on the left leads to a loop

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Road turns to gravel for about 6 or so k’s (3-4 miles), mostly downhill

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Probably the best ride I’ve had in Japan

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Deer seemingly just pop out of the rocks, then leap over the guardrail down the hill

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Lunch time view

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If you put on your zoom glasses, you’ll see a deer in the center of the photo

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The end of the gravel section joining Route 193

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Route 193 was equally quiet

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Takao dam

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Down in the flats

 

Riding the unnamed road I encountered: 4 cars; 12 deer; some birds I can’t identify; a dog-looking animal; and a dead hedgehog.

This was the most painfully pleasant ride I’ve had in Japan. It would have been amazing if I didn’t have to haul around bicycle touring paraphernalia.

 

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