Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cycling-Day 35-Okususobana Nature Park(66.8/5,606.4km)

Day 35, 89days for cycling, total distance 5,606.4km, total climb 73,741m
Okususobana Nature Park 8:19-14:10
Distance today 66.8km, climb 2,322m, duration 4:50, avg speed 13.8km/h, burned 2,077kcal
Gear: Specialized Rockhopper Pro

Route today.

Pretty good sunny day!

Today, I go to Okususobana Nature Park, deep country side of Kinasa Village, Nagano pref.
It has beautiful skunk cabbage flowers, and also color leaves.
I wanted to go there when I see the junction on the way to Togakushi.

Start at 8:19.

Cool weather.


9:32 Shirasawa Pass. It's slower than thelast time while I was taking photos.


Summits look beautiful. I spent over 10 mins here.

Now descending.


10:07 The junction to Togakushi and Okususobana.

18km from Hakuba. Shirasawa pass is in the middle but ascending 10km and descending 8km are much different.

Now ascending again.

Such strange rocks are interesting.


10:31 Okususobana dam.

The road was smooth to the dam. I thought it would be an easy way...

The road around the lake has many up and down.

Tiring.

After the lake various landforms are there. Very interesting.

This type of cliff is called "Cuesta".

Kigan Senjo gan (strange large rock)

Looks like a cement slope, but it is a natural rock.

A hanging bridge and color leaves.


Also nice color leaves.


Mt. Ototsuma and Takatsuma are beautiful. Those mountains are also seen from Hakuba ski areas.

The pace becomes slower and slower while I am taking photos.

11:23 Okususobana Nature park.

35km from Hakuba, 2 hours and half ride.
The park entree fee is 200yen.

The nature park itself is much further after a long walk.
Now I may go back.

Nice descending to the dam, but...

Tiring of many up and down.

8km to go from Kinasa.

I visit Kannon Soba house on the way for lunch.

This house is a typical farmers house in Japan.


Eating by an 'irori' or a Japanese fire place.

Nice atomosphere.

6km ascending from the house.


13:46 Shirasawa pass again.

Mountains look different now.

10km descending to Hakuba. No more pedaling. Now I almost come home.

Less than 30 mins for descending.

It's a nice ride with interesting views.

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