There’s no doubt that Japan is a beautiful country. One of the things that makes Japan so beautiful are its numerous picturesque mountains, from Mt. Fuji to Mt. Haku to Mt. Yari. Unfortunately it’s a bit hard to appreciate this beauty when you’re biking through them in a seemingly never ending ascent.
I can think of a lot of words to describe day one, but stressful would probably be my top pick.
I arrived at Pearson and the first thing I had to do was open my carefully packed bike box and take everything out for x-raying, since it wouldn’t fit in the machine. Oops. After re-packing, and some unkind words from an Air Canada employee about putting more than just the bike in the box, we went off to the Amex lounge.
An unsupported bike tour requires a bit of gear. You have to be prepared for anything that might keep you from getting to your destination, even if that’s just the next bike shop for a repair. Getting a flat or breaking a spoke riding around downtown Toronto is a bit different than in the middle of rural Japan.