Japan 2018 Stage 5 – Kōchi to Iya Valley

Japan 2018 Stage 5 – Kōchi to Iya Valley
Creepy mascot of the aquarium.

We had a rainy rest day in Kōchi, so we decided to do some indoor activities. We went to the Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Of course not everything was indoor but there were a lot of opportunities to escape the rain. Also there was plenty of stuff to see and everything was really neat. We learned a lot about…

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Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi

Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi
Tiny bird seen from the "bird watching spot" in the Nature center in the Shimanto area.

On our rest day before stage four we explored the Shimanto area. The first stop was the "Nature Center". The staff was really surprised when we entered the building. Maybe at this time of the year you don't see many people around here - especially not from Europe. But they were very friendly and offered us tea and cookies. The…

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Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto

Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto
Yusuhara river on our way toShimanto Autocamping Field Welcome.

Also the day before this stage we had a rest day. So we took it easy and cycled a few kilometer along the coast to Akehamacho Takayama. There we bought some food and drinks in the local store for the next stage. We took a little walk through the village and went to the beach right in front of our…

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Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama

Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama
View over Matsuyama city.

The day before this tour was a rest day. So of course we had to explore Matsuyama. So we left almost all our stuff on the mountain where we camped and took the bikes to go down to the city. On our way we had a delicious breakfast in a Yoshinoya. This is a typical japanese fast food restaurant. Afterwards…

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Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama

Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama
Ehime camping ground - our home base.

Before we started our tour we travelled along Japan. We rent our bicycles in Osaka and took them via train to Beppu, where we stayed a view days. Then we took the ferry from Beppu to Yawatahama to start our tour. Due to the late departure of the ferry, it was almost noon till we started from the port in…

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Italy 2017 Stage 6 – Gonnesa to Santa Margherita

Italy 2017 Stage 6 – Gonnesa to Santa Margherita
Spiaggia Foxi e Sali - beach at Santa Margherita.

On our free day in Gonnesa we slept a bit longer and then tried to get some breakfast at the agriturismo. But it turned out that there was no breakfast for us as we should have told them the day before that we want some. So we went into the city of Gonnesa desperately searching for a breakfast spot. However,…

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Italy 2017 Stage 5 – Sciopadroxiu to an agriturismo in Gonnesa

Italy 2017 Stage 5 – Sciopadroxiu to an agriturismo in Gonnesa
View over the mountains at Costa Verde in the direction of Dune di Piscinas.

We had a relaxed beach day at the Costa Verde. From our Campsite Sciopadroxiu we could walk some minutes down to the wonderful sandy beaches of the Spiaggia di Piscinas. We rent some sunloungers and an umbrella. So we could sleep in the shadow with the wind of the rough but beautiful ocean around us. Once in a while we…

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Italy 2017 Stage 4 – Nurapolis to Sciopadroxiu at the Costa Verde

Italy 2017 Stage 4 – Nurapolis to Sciopadroxiu at the Costa Verde
View over the green mountains at the costa verde. Now you know the cause for the name ;)

For our tour to the Costa Verde we started again quite early in the morning. First, it was an up and down in the direction of Oristano. We got forward really fast passing smaller and bigger villages. The traffic was okay and by lunch time we were in front of Guspini and had already made the major part of the…

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Italy 2017 Stage 3 – Tresnuraghes to Nurapolis

Italy 2017 Stage 3 – Tresnuraghes to Nurapolis
Our tent at the campsite Nurapolis in Sardinia.

We learned from the first tour and started quite early from Tresnuraghes to be make some kilometers before the heat of the midday would come. So the alarm clock ringed around 5:30 and we were on the bikes around 6 after a tiny breakfast and trying to make coffee with an italian espresso cooker (not really successfully...). Our target was…

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Italy 2017 Stage 2 – Bosa Marina to Tresnuraghes

Italy 2017 Stage 2 – Bosa Marina to Tresnuraghes
Packed mountainbike with bikepacking equipment.

After a relaxed night in our accomodation in Magomadas with good air conditioning we were very sad that the place was booked for the next night. We really needed a day to prepare for the next long stage. So we searched for a nearby accomodation, found one in Tresnuraghes, and directly booked it via booking.com. Before we checked out, our…

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