petek, 15. april 2016

S kolesom na Shikoku

Med krajema Onomichi in Imabari poteka zelo lepo urejena in zanimiva kolesarska pot Shimanami Kaido, ki preko številnih manjših otokov in atraktivnih mostov povezuje Honshu in Shikoku. Vsi dostopi do mostov so narejeni z obzirom na kolesarje - s povprečnim naklonom le 3%, po želji pa lahko po kopnem izbiraš alternativne poti in se ustaviš pri tej ali oni zanimivosti. Vzdolž poti je več terminalov za izposojo in vračanje koles. Tako lahko vsak izbere sebi primeren podvig, le posloviti se moraš od depozita, če vrneš na drugem mestu.

Prvotni načrt je bil narediti kakšnih 30 kilometrov v eno smer in se po malici počasi vrniti v Onomichi, a sem bil za časa kosila že čez polovico poti, zato sem se odločil, da odpeljem do konca in se vrnem z avtobusom. Odločitev je bila pravilna - po 75 kilometrih sem res čutil utrujenost (zadnjih 5 km po mestu se je res vleklo), a veliko zadovoljstvo. Mislim, da bi v tem užival vsak ljubitelj kolesarjenja. Pa naj slike dopolnijo, kar sem povedal …





Cycling to Shikoku


Shimanami Kaido is a popular, well maintained and interesting cycling route between Onomichi and Imabari, connecting Honshu with Shikoku over half a dozen smaller islands and attractive bridges. All accesses to the bridges are made with cyclists in mind - with an average inclination of 3% only. You can choose among few alternative routes across islands and make stops at temples and other sights if you prefer. There are bicycle terminals along the way (one on each island) enabling everyone to decide what trip suits them. Note: You are not entitled to deposit refund if you don't return the bicycle at the same terminal as rented.

At first I was planning to ride for about 30 kilometres and then return back after a midday break. However, I already passed half way when I stopped for lunch, so I decided to do the whole trip and return with a bus. It was a good call. After 75 kilometres I did feel tired, but deeply satisfied. I believe every cycling lover would enjoy it.

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