We double back and take the detour. Ran into a bunch of motorcyclists out for a group ride in the mountain roads. We join their gang for a little bit until they turn off towards Mount Aso. The detour wasn't that bad, nice and scenic with a few entertaining curves to keep our sporty-bikes happy. A few kms after the detour re-joins the main road, we approach a larger town called Kikuchi. Cherry blossoms greet our arrival.