Category: The Long Ride to Japan 2019

TLRJ – Day 38 and 39 – Kyoto

Saturday: My hotel provided a very elaborate breakfast – it is a small hotel, but they put a lot of effort in details, such as breakfast. Not too big, but prepared with quite some inspiration. A good start into the day. I had booked…

TLRJ – Day 37 – See you later, XBR

I was nervous this morning. After breakfast and check-out, I had to ride 40 km to the harbour to drop-off the XBR. There was not enough petrol in the tank and I feared that the bike was losing much petrol with the fuel tap…

TLRJ – Day 36 – Fuji to Nagoya (where’s my petrol?)

In the morning, the rain was pattering against the window. I checked the rain radar: a large rain front was moving over my area. If I waited long enough, it would pass by. So I had a late, very traditional Japanese breakfast. When I…

TLRJ – Days 33, 34 and 35 – Tokyo

Monday: I left Matsumoto with a clear stop in mind: the Hakushu Distillery on the way to Tokyo. Of course I had done my on-line reservation for the guided tour and I was there in time after hour of riding. When I was at…

TLRJ – Day 32 – Matsumoto

As I had a ‘rest day’ in Matsumoto, I was in no hurry in the morning. The rain radar told me that the rain would disappear in the course of the morning. And indeed, when I stepped out of my conveniently cooled hotel, sun…

TLRJ – Day 29 – Takayama (“I have a cunning plan, mylord!”)

I had asked for a late breakfast at eight. I stayed in the same place so why rush things. The breakfast, however, was fantastic. In quality and quantity. I am sorry for the mass of food pictures today, but the food in this place…

TLRJ – Day 28 – Iya to Hida (“XBR si è fermata a Hida?”)

Late at night, I had reserved a charming ryokan in Hida in the Japanese Alps. 570 km away on the shortest route. That sounds a lot less than the days in Russia, however riding in Russia is much faster. I was in the middle…

TLRJ – Day 27 – Country roads

Last night, I was checking my options of the ferries from Kyushu to Shikoku. All options led to the same conclusion: I needed to skip breakfast for it was only served at 8 a.m. The best connection was the ferry at 9:45 in Beppu….

The Long Ride to Japan – Day 26 – A sort of homecoming

This morning, something unusual happened: I overslept. That means, I woke up after seven o’clock. But why rush it. Now I’m in vacation mode. During breakfast (again a large buffet selection), I got some news with problems of my airbnb guest back at my…

TLRJ – Day 25 – Miyajima to Fukuoka

The breakfast this morning was smaller than the day before and more Western style. And you had a spectacular view over the Hiroshima peace park. I went relatively early, as I could see from the long queue when I left. Of course my bike…

TLRJ – Day 24 – Matsue to Hiroshima

I woke up early, but I took it easy. So I arrived at 7:15 in the restaurant. By that time, it was already full and I (and more people) had to wait to be seated in a separate compartment. The breakfast buffet was outstanding,…

TLRJ – Days 21, 22, 23 – Vladivostok to Matsue

Wednesday: in the morning, I had a preventive shower in the hotel. Who knows when I would have the next opportunity for it. I put on my motorbike gear and grabbed my two bags. When I paid the horrendous hotel bill, I was hesitating…

TLRJ – Days 17, 18, 19, 20 – Rest days in Vladivostok

Well, the last days were meant to be resting days – and that included blogging as well 🙂 This doesn’t mean that nothing has happened, quite the contrary. Saturday: it was my plan to stay in the hotel, relaxing. And actually this was a very…

The Long Ride to Japan – Day 16 – Vladivostok (12040 km from home)

At five to seven I was ready for breakfast. The bike was already prepared. I started the ride at a quarter to eight. “Only” 750 km to go. It drizzled. Not unexpected, but according to the forecast, it should soon be dry. That’s why…

TLRJ – Day 14 – איפה אני כאן?

In the morning, I had my bike ready at 7 a.m. The cleaning lady asked for the keys, but I insisted that I first needed to bring down the luggage. As the restaurant was not open, I asked for the breakfast. With the help…

TLRJ – Day 11 – Lake Baikal

During the night, my right lower arm was aching which kept me a bit worrying. I got up early and left the hotel as soon as possible. The receptionist was as grumpy as yesterday. When I was about to take off, I read a message…

TLRJ – Day 4 – Moscow and Nizhni Nowgorod

In the morning, we decided to change the plan of the following days. The cunning plan so far had fallen into pieces. Instead of Kazan, I booked a hotel in Nizhni Nowgorod. Still a 900 km to do today. In the evening, we would…

TLRJ – Day 3 – Border crossing from hell

I couldn’t manage to upload the video yesterday, so here it is….

TLRJ – Day 1 “Theooooooo, wir fahr’n nach Łódz!”

This old, cheesy Schlager from the 70ies came to my mind when we entered Poland today. In the morning, John arrived a wee bit late – he had not slept very well, he was too nervous. I could perfectly understand this, in the morning,…

A sort of homecoming: The Long Ride to Japan 2019 (TLRJ)

I think I was in 2006 then I was reflecting which long motorcycle trips I would like to do in the next decades. I looked at a world map and I identified three big journeys: a trip through Africa, a trip to Japan and…