Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. NorskieRider

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    Oh that's bad ... but damn it's the first thing today that got a good laugh out of me. I owe you a beer for that one!
  2. lightcycle

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    Neda always has her nose buried in her Kindle, so Imma just leave this here:

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  3. lightcycle

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/405.html

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    The fog has turned to rain as we pack our stuff onto the bikes to leave Oabama-cho. We could stay another day, but the clock is ticking on our motorcycle rentals and we're only half-way through our travels across Japan.

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    Neda surveys the light drizzle from the shelter of our warm and dry hotel :(

    Our route today will take us out of Nagasaki Prefecture, north to the neighbouring Saga Prefecture. Due to the rain and fog, there aren't many pictures of our wet ride up.
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  4. lightcycle

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    In just over an hour, we arrive in the town of Kashima. And cherry blossoms are everywhere!!! :)

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    Of course we have to stop and take lots of pictures
  5. danh600

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    Those cherry blossoms are beautiful.

    Gene, I read somewhere that is not a variety that is good to eat?
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  6. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    You would be correct. These are flowering cherry's not fruiting...Fruity? Gay (cause they dont make babies for me to eat)?
    Sakura (Japan's most common variety) is the girl from naruto FYI

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  7. lightcycle

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    Yeah, the fruit (called sakuranbo) is inedible. At least by humans. It's fairly small, with very little flesh and very sour. Only eaten by birds.

    However, the blossoms and leaves are used for cooking. They use it as flavouring, and they pickle or salt them and put them in everything from teas to candies, sweets and cakes.
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  8. lightcycle

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    That reminded me of the West World episode, the one with the samurais. The younger geisha-in-training's name is Sakura.

    Season 3 coming up soon!!!
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    Oh cool I didnt know they used the leaves. Oh gosh guess i need to watch S2....
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    In some ways, the seasonal spices and flavouring in Japan reminds me of Canada.

    Pretty much all throughout the year, we have maple-syrup flavoured everything: cookies, candies, glazing on donuts, ice-cream, whiskey, etc.

    In Japan, they have matcha-flavoured everything year round: candies, pastries, ice-cream, even cocktails.

    And then around (our) Thanksgiving in Canada, there is an explosion of pumpkin-spice: Pumpkin-spice lattes and donuts at the Tim Hortons, cookies, candies, yogurt, cereal, soy-milk, etc.

    And in Japan, during sakura season:

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    Sakura Trivia: It is considered bad luck to pick the petals off a blooming cherry blossom. It's a big social faux-pas, like not scrubbing your butthole clean before entering the onsen. The season is so short that if everyone did it, there'd be no flowers to enjoy. You just have to wait a week and the ground will be carpeted with pale pink petals.
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    Such an awesome report Gene! I started from the beginning a month or so ago and read every word. Your adventures have inspired me to plan my own free roaming vacation. I have an opportunity to work 8 weeks of the year and extremely limited part time the rest of it. I never would have began searching for this opportunity if it wasn't for your report. It might have been any RR but I'm glad it was yours!

    If you're ever riding through Colorado I'd love to meet up with the two of you and follow allowing for a time!

    Thanks for the inspiration my friend!

    Cory
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  12. mattsz

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    I'm a bit late to the "party"...

    Ummm... Let's just agree to disagree, shall we?


    Sorry, I tried to link to a certain time stamp of a Youtube video, but it's just not working. Open the video in Youtube - in the comments, there's a complete breakdown of music on this video, with live links to the time stamps...



    Could the concert footage at the above link be of the very concert you attended, Gene? (Neil's commentary begins at 2:02:58 - music begins at 2:06:10)

    YYZ as most of us have never heard it... (begins at 2:27:01)
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  13. lightcycle

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    Awesome! Might be headed that way this summer. Will let you know!
    Hah! Yes, that is the concert we went to. You can find anything on the Internet these days!

    I watched the whole YouTube video, seeing if I could spot us in the audience, but they only showed the front half of the hall which was more lit up. We were sitting waaaaay in the back, in the dark, watching the screen most of the time.
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    Don't forget Maple Cappuccino ...

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    Of course! Those are quite Poplar.
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    Very punny Gene.
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    If you are not in Canada now then you must be Pining for one....alright bad one it is not Oak eh?
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    Gene and Need, you really missed out by bypassing Nagasaki. It is an amazing city with such a variety of stories...Madame Butterfly, the 26 Martyrs of Japan,and, of course, the many sites memorializing the atomic bomb. Another Navy sailor and I spent three days in Nagasaki and wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
  19. lightcycle

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    That sounds awesome! We'll just have to go back then. :D
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    Getting ready to suit up again, we spy a Miko walking down the street

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    A miko is a shrine maiden, which means there must be an Inari shrine nearby