Dropping down from Lake Mashu the road passes by the active volcano, Mt Iou. In the parking lot are some bikes with British made Watsonian Sidecars. Beemer with GP MANX ? Kawasaki Vulcan? (aptly named considering the location) with Grand Prix 700 sidecar Grand Prix 700 I hung around a while hoping the owners would return, fascinated to know how they got on riding these bikes with sidecars around the world. Tired of waiting, I scuffle off to look at the mountain, and once I'm a ways off the riders seem to materialize out of nowhere, jump on the bikes and trundle out of the lot. Oh well. We all need a good vent from time to time: Scoot round to Lake Kussharo and find a place to camp on the water's edge. Kussharo Lake Wakoto Peninsula Campsite 450yen ($4 and change). There are two hot springs on the peninsula. Both are free. Both are mixed bathing. Well, gonna have to put away any inhibitions regarding my shortcomings for the bath tonight. Both the baths look right onto the lake. I had an early bath one day and it was so cool to be sitting in the hot water overlooking the lake as the sun was rising. Going to camp here two nights. I want to have a day trip to Lake Akanko and the Ainu Village tomorrow, and the thought of not having to pack everything up in the morning is very welcoming.