So i was out on Sunday last week, my second ride in japan. I already run in the mountains. But i knew i had to get a bike, the single track is awesome and the mountain roads are fast, twisty and steep. So got a cheap bike and went out on road tyres. Riding up into the Rokko Mountains. It was bloody hard going up the single track on city tyre's, but i persevered, making it to a gravel pass that ran up and across part of the mountain range. I think it's used by the rescue division. Anyway, it's great to ride on - loose gravel, progressive climbs up to around 900M, and some good twisty descents. I was blasting along really enjoying the spring air. Thinking i can't wait to get the brakes, wheels, suspension and tyres sorted (another story).
I reached the end of the gravel path and hung a left, riding up this steep mountain road. I was pushing, thinking, god i am gonna fly down this....Well fxxxxck me. When i turned, i pushed hard flying down this sticky strip of black tarmac twisting through the mountain. Overtaking cars and it just got better as i pushed, twisting with some real 180 deg corners, switching back and forth like a snake, throwing my bike right and left on the limit of traction. I remember hooting (woooooooooohooooooo.) as i ripped through this tunnel in sheer pleasure. Man, i was stoked when i got home, i was buzzing for like 3 hrs. I can't wait to get down the single track with the right equipment...Japan, great cross country single track/downhills and scary twisty tarmac.... EPIC!
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