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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.
Damn Gene, I've got some catching up to do. How caught up to real life is this report running now?
I still have about three years and two continents worth of material to type up and transfer over from the blog.
So yeah... should be caught up very soon now...
So what was the total time frame for your nomadic life? Are you settled now or just taking a longer break?
In June, it'll be 8 years that we've been wandering around.
We're currently on winter break, snowboarding on the west coast of Canada.
Back on two wheels in the spring!
Gene, you sure have a fun wife.
We're headed to Big White near Kelowna, BC looking at the snow your in please tell me that's where you are?????
Great place for some social distance
You're not wrong.
Nope, sorry. That's Blackcomb Glacier, our home hill.
Speaking of which, I just found out that they've closed Whistler/Blackcomb for the next week or so because of COVID-19.
@8lives, they may decide to do the same for Big White.
WB is saying that enclosed gondolas pose a high risk for transmission. No gondolas on Big White so you may be okay. Hope your plans work out for you. It's a great hill, nice tree runs!
Yeah, Vail Resorts shut down all NA mountains "for a week". Which includes Whistler.
We're pretty sure that means "for the season", which saves their stockholders money but sucks for skiers and anyone involved in the resort economy.
My wife was at the bank yesterday and said it was packed with the foreign employees closing their accounts and planning to head home.
It's fortunate that we just happen to currently be in a country that matches one of our passports. No worrying about tourist visas or temporary vehicle import permits expiring.
A lot of our RTW friends who are out on tour right now are making plans to abandon their motorcycles and fly back to their country of citizenship (regardless if they are domiciled there or not) before the borders close on them.
There is also a 9-km long limestone cave nearby, it's the longest one in Japan. The first km is open for tourists but there's an entrance fee which we don't want to pay. Because paying to hike a kilometre is just insult on top of injury. They should be paying *me* to go hiking! :)
Plus these cool-looking rocks are free and we're riding around them on motorcycles. No hiking involved!
Carps, blowing in the wind
Further along the way, we cross a bridge and see dozens of these carp-shaped wind socks blowing in the wind. These are called koi-noibori and are usually put up to celebrate the national week-long holiday called Golden Week, where the whole country goes on vacation. It's similar to Ferragosto in Italy, which we had the misfortune to run into.
A friend of my GF manages a restaurant at Vail, and they have sent all 55000 resort employees away for the season.
Well, they don't have *that* many employees unless you count all (36?) of their resorts. But it stings the local economy.
Golden Week starts in a couple of weeks, so this time, we're going to try to finish up our Japan tour before the holidays begin because it'll be impossible to find accommodations while on the road since everyone has booked their hotels and ryokans months in advance, plus there'll be heavy traffic jams all over the islands!
Congestion around the big cities in Japan is bad enough normally, I can't even imagine how bad it gets during Golden Week!
Fellow two-wheelers on their daily commute
OMG, we're such tourists!
As we get closer to our destination for the evening, we come across this huge shopping centre that's decorated with all the traditional Japanese imagery. Kimonos, paper lanterns, pagodas, etc. But it's obviously a tacky tourist trap! We love it! So we stop to walk around and revel in all the Japanese kitsch!
Tourists in Japan
Shouldn’t you look all grim in those kind of clothes? You Canadian’s don’t take things seriously enough!
In Asia, red is the colour of PAAAAAR-TAAAAAYYY!!!