Southwest Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 5 – Leaving Kuromatsunai by Train


Our final day on our cycle tour in southern Hokkaido involved more train travel than bicycle travel. Needing to be back to work the next day, we bundled the bikes on the train and enjoyed a relaxing journey through the mountains back home. Taking bicycles on the train in Japan …

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Southwest Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 4 – Setana to Kuromatsunai


We were beaten by the hills and snow yesterday, but today we soldiered onward via the alternate route: the magnificent Japan Sea coast road. With a roaring tailwind to boot. One purpose of yesterday’s attempt at crossing the Kariba range was to avoid the Japan Sea coast north of Setana …

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Southwest Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 3 – Taisei to the Bear’s Nest


Gravel roads, pushing bikes through snow, and tough decisions…with our cycle touring team now three – counting the addition of Dirk – we set off this morning for what became the most adventurous day of this Golden Week ramble in southern Hokkaido. The day started out easy enough though: a …

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Southwest Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 1 – Onuma Park to Assabu


Just like in 2013 and 2014, Haidee and I spent this year’s Golden Week holidays (a string of back-to-back public holidays in Japan) to explore a little bit more of Hokkaido, Japan’s large northern-most island. Unlike previous years however, in order to take in vistas further afield we jumped on …

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Hokkaido Back Country Skiing: Mt. Fuppushi (Kitaone Route)


Mt. Fuppushi (1,102m), around 60km due south of Sapporo City, is the oft-overlooked big brother to his shorter sibling Mt. Tarumae (1,041m). But while everyone gapes at Mt. Tarumae’s smoldering cork,  Mt. Fuppushi awaits the more intrepid climber, keen to tackle something steeper and more off the beaten track; it …

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Tern Verge S27h folding touring bicycle – A gravel-road-touring review


I took Tern’s dedicated cycle touring 20-inch folding bike, the Verge S27h, on one of New Zealand’s more challenging back-country gravel road routes this past week – the Molesworth Muster Trail. The plan was to see some of New Zealand’s spectacular remote scenery, and also put the bike through its …

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2015 Tern Verge S27h Folding Bicycle: Initial Impressions Review


UPDATE (2015/03/12) – See my gravel road touring review of the Tern Verge S27h here: ——————- I bought a Tern Verge S27h 20-inch wheeled folding touring bicycle the other day. This is an evolving first-impressions review blog post. Folding bikes with small wheels. They elicit all the usual questions: Don’t …

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