Generally I try and make it to the Hattoji international villa at least once a year,but for the past two years I’ve been too busy wrapped up in my own hello world unable to take the timeout and ride my motorbike (teeny tiny scooter) to this beautiful destination.
This year I jumped at the opportunity to stay there and join friends from the Kansai Riders group.
1 year and 11 months 32,000km
This is only the second time I have taken her to the mainland for a tour and I must say for sub 500km tours I really believe this is perfect bike for Japan.
After my first three months of riding I’d gone through two sets of gloves, a Japanese brand and famous American brand both costing around 5,000 yen each. After this wallet eating adventure need something better and after a few google searches and I had stumbled on Lee Parks Design gloves.
Now These gloves have gone through 67,000km (416,318 miles) and spent three months lost in my front garden during one winter after I put a rock through my shin on a hiking trip (long story)
I have used them while bee keeping and when weed eating the apiaries.
Now there are a few problems with them.
Not waterproof, I use montbell (see below) over gloves to combat this.
The tanned part stains your hands yellow when wet.
Not warm in winter with grip heaters (Lee Park Designs have a lined version too)
Can only buy in the U.S. (Boo Boo) I live in Japan and need another pairs soon.
I have always wondered how my motorbike would handle the Tsurugi Super Rindo. The Kawasaki TR250 comes stock with caramel block tires but since I chewed through my last set within 10 months I decided on something more suited for the my sometimes casual commute to work and settled on these.
Although the Tsurugi Super Rindo (Rindo means forest road, btw) has the word super hacked in there, it really isn’t an extremely hard ride and if you weren’t planing on racing through it you could do it on a street bike.
I decided to do the first half and then settled on the local roads
Another year another trip to Hattoji villa. Located in the Hattoji Furusato Village, Bizen City in Okayama Prefecture. The thatch-roofed homestead was built more than a century ago remodeled to be a villa to join Okayama prefectures international villa program. The program offered cheap lodging in five(What I know of) separate locations through out Okayama prefecture. Sady in 2009 three of the villas Ushimado,Takebe and Fukiya were closed due to prefectural budget cuts. Hattoji and Shiraishi remain open and are highly recommended.
After my last leaf hunting trip I decided to give it one more chance and take another trip off island to see if I could get some better results.
At least I now know for sure that I really don’t like taking pictures of the autumn colours. Hiking through them, viewing them I love, but as the photos just don’t do them justice (well my photos don’t) it just seems like a waste of time.
Next year I’ll still continue to take photos but in reality I’d rather spend the time going on a longer hike.
I did encounter a nice udon shop which only serves 20 meals per day and I did find a few more things for my garden 🙂 so the trip was worth while.