Bike riding in Ojika
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August 11th, 2008 – by: skitzcw
The day was hot and humid. I was schmoiling and exhausted from carrying around my large suitcase of clothes from the two months before the tour began. Gross. My chest is always the first to sweat. This leads to a large puddle in the middle of my t-shirt as if the sun had marked me as a target. As you can imagine, itâ€™s extremely attractive (sarcasm).
After a two-hour ferry ride from Nagasaki, we arrived in Ojika.
Ojika is a small island West of Nagasaki that receives very few tourists because of its remote location and tendency to attract typhoons. Intrepid trips to this paradise had been canceled multiple times in the past, making this even Yukaâ€™s (our tour guide) first time visiting. Our hotel looked to be the only hotel in the area.
With an afternoon to spare, everyone rented bicycles and explored the natural miracles. The bike ride was relaxing. I wasnâ€™t trying to go anywhere and it was no race to get there. We pedaled in the general direction of a few temples and landmarks on the island, but it was just so â€śsuzushiâ€ť with the wind evaporating the heat.
One of our first stops was this rocky sea shore that looked like slices of black rock and smelled of sulfur. This would be a very dangerous beach, but a perfect place to unroll a picnic blanket and watch the sunrise. I didnâ€™t have the privilege of watching the sunrise or sunset here because of our tight schedule, but I imagine it would be unforgettable.
The uphill pedaling left me exhausted and sweaty, while the downhill joyride was always interrupted by some dragonfly hitting my face. I wouldnâ€™t exactly pay for this rollercoaster, but the surroundings were distracting enough to make up for it. Be sure to stop on the bridge and look at the cows grazing in the distance. Theyâ€™re so tiny â€“ I could hold them in my hand and put them in my pocket. The atmosphere there was perfect and I will never forget it. Even as I write this, I can close my eyes and recreate the loud insect shrills accompanying the consistent complaints from RJ. Câ€™mon, man. Benkyo! Benkyo! Benkyo (Golden Boy reference â€“ look it up, dummy (Sea World 2021 reference)). I will miss this place.
~See Lemons Cycle
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