Im planning a trip for September to ride from Tokyo-Fukuoka Japan. About a 1500Km trip. Im taking my Giant ATX Road bike with pannier bags and a BOB Yak. Im so excited about the trip. I will be camping the whole way. I am planning to do 100-125 Km per day. Maybe even do the ride back, but planning on jumping the train back. I only have 30 days, can 3000Km be done in 30 days? Any recommendations, thought or comments. What would you take for a repair kit and neccesities? Just looking for a little feedback.
Currently im riding about 300Km on my 4 days off, then 4 days of work, maybe 50km total for those 4 days. Its pretty easy right now, no pain to speak of. How can i increase my distance? What kind of training should i do until September?
Thanks for the feedback, anything is taken kindly. Bye guys...
Remember, you can't just plunk down and camp at any lonely spot like you can in the USA. Camping "parks" are European style; intensely close proximity to other campers and expensive.
Consider staying at local inns like minshuku or ryokan. They are not so expensive and usually include meals. Many of them are like bed and breakfasts in the USA or pensions in Europe where old larger homes and farms are open for travelers. The cost is usually around 6,000 to 7,000 yen (about $60 to $70) per night. Youth hostiles are also available throughout Japan. Contact the Japan Tourist Information Center. You can find them on the web at http://www.abstravel.com/tourism/japanto.shtml
Keep your eyes and ears open for bath houses along the way. Sometimes you can find huge and fantastic historic bath houses. The cost is usually around 350 yen (about $3.00) and you can stay for hours if you like (an hour long visit is usual). This is a good way to stay clean and soak sore muscles. When you go to a town or village, ask the locals if there is a "sento" around. Most towns still have them. If you want an old one ask "Kono hen ni wa, furui reku****eki na sento arimasu ka?" (In this area, is there an old historic type bath house?).
Finally, Ogenki de, ganbatte kudasai (go in good health and good luck).
From your mileage, it sounds like you could do the 3000 km round trip in 30 days, but personally I'd enjoy a more leisurely 1500km a lot more. For me the beauty of cycling is stopping where a motorist would never think to stop. Take time to explore, take rest days, take a nap,..., take your time!
Take a journal and use it. My biggest regret from many of my trips is not taking a journal, or taking one and not using it. Even a few point form notes (eg. "sun, flat tire, Started Here, Finished here, lunch: Baloney sandwich...") will bring it all back decades later.
I think i am just going for the 1500 and not the return trip too. I want the time to visit some people along the way. As far as the Journal, that is an absolute must. That is part of the fun, keeping track of everything you do. I plan on throwing a site together after this trip to help the others that want to do a Japan Tour. There is definetely not enough biking sites on Japan (unless you can read Kanji) which most of us cant. Thanks for the inputs...