Archive for December, 2010

Sliding Doors Our Impressions of Japan.

Where do I start ? Japan has been so different from the rest of Asia.We have always felt extremely safe here, even more than home. This experience is bourne out by the fact that in rural areas people don’t bother locking things away even things like tools. We often see things like GPS left on […]

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Leaving Japan

Our last day in Japan…waking with Maki at 6am she goes to feed her horse, we finish our packing then Kev treats her to a last scrambled egg breakfast when she returns. She runs us up to the station in her van and as usual we are running close to the wire to catch our […]

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Promblem Solved

As you’ve probably guessed we have decided to go to New Zealand next. When we were researching into shipping the bike over there we contacted many people through the Horizons Unlimited website. Bowled over by the many kind offers of help and accomodation we knew we could make it as back packers for a month. […]

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The big clean up

We wake the next morning the fun is over and it’s back to the grindstone. The front tyre is due at Maki’s so we return midday to fit it and continue our clean up. The bike is supposed to be in the docks at Osaka by the end of the tomorrow so we are against […]

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The big clean up

Next morning we start in earnest cleaning the bike, we have heard that the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture inspection will be strict and the bike must be spotless before we enter, no mean feat considering the mud and mire its been dragged through. I run some water into Maki’s bath and turn on the […]

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Heading back ‘home’

The morning light is fantastic, really cold and crisp we see the first snow on the opposite mountain, a thin layer like icing. We made the right choice last night as the wind is still biting this morning, wrapping up against the chill we take some photos then keeping to the mountain roads we head […]

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Twin Encounter

We wake at 7 we had no bear visits in the night thankfully and the bear trap is empty. We have a treat as I manged to find some reduced to clear eggs and some cheap bacon in the supermarket yesterday so we have our first fried breakfast for a long while. Its a tardy […]

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Jus Travelin

Awakened by the alarm at 6.30 we hear the gentle patter of rain outside and decide to have a catch up day. We have access to water, somewhere dry and toilet facilities so we have no great desire to move. I take the opportunity to cut Kev’s hair and his beard to make him look […]

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Miyajima

The alarm goes off at 5.30am but we snooze it repeatedly as we can feel how cold it is on our faces, the only exposed part. A couple of snoozes later we drag some clothes into the sleeping bag to warm them up before reluctantly prizing ourselves out of bed at 07.15am. We are headed […]

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Hirishima

We wake early around 6am as we are going to Hiroshima today its raining but not heavily, we pack up the tent after a quick breakfast of coffee and toast. Neither of us has  seen anybody at the campsite but we are still a little wary about leaving the tent up all day. I bookmark […]

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