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.
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.
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.