Good-bye 阿蘇山…”Thank you for making my Totoro dreams come true” (visitor book entry from Danish WWOOFER)..
Up & over the outer rim of caldera (brief stop to accept free gift of herb salt)…easy downhill riding rediscovering rhythm of being ‘Back On The Bikes’…THEN, on way to WARMSHOWERS host (easy 20 km away)
HEIDI: let’s go see this Sculpture Museum. Just look at the pictures in this Glossy Book.
BRAD: how far? HEIDI: not very. The Glossy Book has a map. Just look at the pictures in this Glossy Book. BRAD: ok.
(Cycle along road, huge height gain. Come to slip road.)
HEIDI: Let’s turn right here. Look, The Glossy Book map says to turn right here.
(Cycle down slip road. Extremely steep. Downhill. Road deteriorates into single farm track.)
BRAD: Golly its steep. I can smell brakes burning. Are you sure they built a Sculpture Museum here, amongst the rice paddies?
(cross bridge over river. Pause at bridge. Road snakes up out of sight. No sign of Sculpture Museum…Brad & Heidi consult map, iPad, a farm house…they push on. Slowly. Up, up, up.)
BRAD: Wow, what a climb!!! Where are we? This is nuts!!!
(…Looks behind… 3 bikes being pushed…tears)
10 minutes later they arrive at Sculpture Museum. Park bikes. Group hug. Eat. Drink. Eat. Drink.
BRAD: Wow, look at this Sculpture Museum. Just like in The Glossy Book.
(After a very brief explore of exquisite sculptures which capture the female form…and, sadly, much LONGER explore possible routes back to main road…head down road).
And so Heidi, Sam, Joe & Brad ended up cycling a monster 73 hilly km to first WARMSHOWERS (with a very brief stop at sculpture exhibition). The WARMSHOWERS was a hit. Young Jun, showed his published book detailing his 2 year cycle from South Korea to Turkey. Now he and Maomi are raising a young family and living their permaculture dreams, in a beautiful house they designed and built. A good night of chat, food (sensational seafood soup), beer, bath…handmade bamboo baskets…Joe needle felting a crane…Sam doing a fantastic job entertaining a 1 year old…and especially the shared sisterly love of wool!
All in all, a satisfying return to the bikes. And even more satisfying introduction to WARMSHOWERS. Tomorrow we drop below 600m altitude for first time in 10 days, headed for seaside city of Oita and our next WARMSHOWERS. Weather looking good…
And so Heidi, Sam, Joe & Brad ended up cycling 73 hilly km to first WARMSHOWERS…which was a hit. Young Jun, showing us the book he published detailing his 2 year cycle from South Korea to Turkey. Now he and Maomi are raising a young family and living their permaculture dreams, in a beautiful house they designed and built. Also, chat, the food (sensational seafood soup), the beer, the bath, the accommodation…and especially the shared sisterly love of wool!… Oh, and the handmade bamboo baskets…the needle felting..
SO…All in all, a satisfying return to the bikes. Tomorrow a drop below 600m altitude for first time in 10 days, headed for seaside city of Oita and next WARMSHOWERS host. Weather looking good…Heidi has bookmarked a potential Art Museum in The Glossy book…