It’s not everyday that super exciting stuff happens. With that in mind, this post will be relatively concise as we had somewhat of a low-key day.
After finding our couchsurfing host Jody’s apartment building last night, we were delighted to be given access to the building’s multipurpose “Library” room. Complete with kitchenette, bathroom, and even cushions to sleep on, it was a dream come true. Jody was very gracious and let us use her shower and hang out in her apartment before we turned in for the night.
This morning Dylan overfed everyone with french toast and homefries while we watched the recently released Star Trek movie. It was Scott’s first viewing of the film. As a Trek fan since TNG, I was a tad disappointed that he didn’t tear up at any time during the movie. The three of us packed up and left later than expected around 1pm.
For me, the rest of the day is one big blur of Kansai metropolis outskirts. In case you don’t know, Kansai is the flat area of Japan that includes Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and the surrounding urban development. Since flat land is hard to come by in Japan, almost all relatively level stretches of real estate are developed to the hilt. Such is the Kansai plain.
Around 3pm the team stopped in a city called Akashi, which had an interesting shopping arcade, vending mostly octopus and a few other locally caught fish. Enjoy the following multi-media summary of our stroll through octopus ally.
Finally, we ended the day spending about and hour and a half biking out of the densely urbanized area surrounding Kobe to find a small, grassy residential exercise park where we’ve put up the tents for the night. It’s soft ground and I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Today we biked about 55km to land near Kobe. Tomorrow we hope to make it the heart of Osaka.
Crash: Feeling cramped in the city
Calves: Are we there yet?
Spock: Glad to have the tent up