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

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

  1. Island Doug

    Island Doug n00b

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    Great place for some social distance
  2. lightcycle

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    You're not wrong.

    Nope, sorry. That's Blackcomb Glacier, our home hill. :D

    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.

    Or not.

    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!
  3. ratdog

    ratdog Long timer

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    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.
  4. lightcycle

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    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.

    Crazy times.
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  5. lightcycle

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    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! :)

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    Plus these cool-looking rocks are free and we're riding around them on motorcycles. No hiking involved!
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    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.
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  7. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    A friend of my GF manages a restaurant at Vail, and they have sent all 55000 resort employees away for the season.
  8. ratdog

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    Well, they don't have *that* many employees unless you count all (36?) of their resorts. But it stings the local economy.
  9. lightcycle

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    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!

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    Fellow two-wheelers on their daily commute
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    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!
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    Tourists in Japan
  12. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Shouldn’t you look all grim in those kind of clothes? You Canadian’s don’t take things seriously enough!
  13. lightcycle

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    In Asia, red is the colour of PAAAAAR-TAAAAAYYY!!!
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  14. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    That's avatar material right there.:imaposer
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    Can't even see it... :(
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    Sun is quickly setting as we walk around the Japanese tourist trap

    We're close enough to the next town that it won't matter if we ride back in the dark. Wouldn't be the first time... Might be kind of cold though...
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    It's difficult to Samuraiz all our experiences in Japan, but I'll try to Cut to the chase and get the Point across.

    Perhaps the pun is mightier than the sword?
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    We've been asked about our plans for 2020:

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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    April Toronto MC Show if not cancelled.

    OK, back to 2017 Gene....?
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  20. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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