For more than 700 kms , we pedaled and pushed our bikes on cycling paths, paved roads, tunnels, farm roads, coastal roads , parks, bridges, shrines & temples, ferries, small towns, fishing villages, market and shopping streets.
We met some Pinoy tourists in Etajima island, who asked us why we are doing this. Our answer was:
“Ma’am, this is the best way to experience Japan.”
Pushing our bikes at an underground crossing.
Roaming around Etajima island, just like this deer.
Cycling at the shared sidewalk on the way to Takamatsu city.
This is Route 2, a national highway from Kitakyushu to Osaka. You can’t cycle this route 100% though, as some portions are too dangerous for bicycles.
The rolling hills of Shodo island.
Crossing a small tunnel under the railway.
This is a nice tunnel because it is well lighted and has a cycling path.
A tunnel in Shodoshima.
The sign says: Wild Animals Crossing
On a fast descent in Etajima island.
On our way to Okamura Port: climbing a hill to get to the bridge and cross to the next island.
On a narrow pathway in a rice farming village.
Some pathways in the rural areas are not well maintained. Maybe because not so many cyclists and pedestrians use them.
This is a detour to avoid a dangerous portion of Route 2.
Sometimes we get lost. We have to cross this private farm to get back in route.
A small sleepy village in Hiroshima prefecture.
We took this detour to avoid a tunnel.
A cycling path along the river. It is already autumn but you can still see the colorful flowers.
A small coastal path in Etajima island.
Rice fields of Shikoku.
Well irrigated farmlands of Shikoku.
Yes we got to ride on some unpaved pathways too.
The mountains of Shikoku.
It is autumn and the leaves have all fallen.
This bridge has a nice cycling path.
No cycling path on this bridge. You have to share the road with other vehicles.
Crossing another beautiful bridge along the Seto inland sea.
903 meter long bridge.
Riding on a flyover, entering Kure City.
Crossing the last bridge and finally entering Osaka City, our final destination.