Walking the Nakasendo Way

ARDF Blog

Thank you for Kristian and Bruce for writing the blog during the ARDF competition while Ewen was doing his team leader duties and waiting for Jenelle to be rescued from parts unknown.  All six of us are all bringing home extra baggage in the form of medals.

Facilities at Sanyo Hotel exceeded our expectations

Dining room
Dining room
Where do I start, Kristian was not the only one with this dilemna
Where do I start, Kristian was not the only one with this dilemna

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our rooms chaos reigned

The workshop - organised chaos
The workshop – organised chaos
Work bench
Work bench
Trying to be tidy
Trying to be tidy
Cable spaghetti
Cable spaghetti

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from the closing celebrations

3 Amigos
3 Amigos
Kai (W60)
Kai (W60)
New friends
New friends

 

 

 

 

 

Banquet _ one of the many platters
Banquet _ one of the many platters
With one of the more elegant W60s
With one of the more elegant W60s
With one of the more elegant W60s
With one of the more elegant W60s

 

 

 

 

 

Fine and sunny departure from Shibukawa
Fine and sunny departure from Shibukawa

We left the competition area in fine weather and sunshine (compared to the cloudy wet conditions) to be dropped off at various locations. Jack left before the rest of us were up, Greg was settled in for the long ride back to Tokyo, Kristian joined us for the train trip to Takasaki and was last seen running upstairs with his bag to catch his connecting train in under 4 minutes. (a fair indication of his fitness level). Bruce, Ewen and I continued our adventure and finally arrived in Matsumoto.

 

 

We spent some time in the Time Piece museum

Time Piece Museum
Time Piece Museum
This brings back memories
This brings back memories
 Rolling Ball Clock
Rolling Ball Clock

 

 

 

 

 

and then devised our own street-o to various sites including shrines, temples, gardens and the icecream shop.

Control 1
Control 1
 Control 2
Control 2
Control 3
Control 3
Control 4
Control 4
This looks like a good place to send my boys
This looks like a good place to send my boys
Gallery forecourt
Gallery forecourt
Gallery forecourt 2
Gallery forecourt 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing dinner is always an interesting experience, our choices so far have been most acceptable.

Japanese BBQ
Japanese BBQ – very good

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterdays trek was along the Nakasendo Way (built during Edo period) commencing after a 20 minute bus ride from Nakatsugawa, and continued through Magome to Tsumago. At this point (after 3 hr 30 min of walking and lots of up and downhill) Ewen and I opted for the bus to Nagiso station. Bruce continued on foot and arrived at the same time as the bus.

Road leading to start of Walk _ note artifical waterfall
Road leading to start of Walk _ note artifical waterfall
Ewen at start of walk
Ewen at start of walk
Nakasendo Way 1
Nakasendo Way 1
Mini headstones 2
Mini headstones 2
 One more step along the road I go
One more step along the road I go
Mamoth stone tablet
Mamoth stone tablet
 Garden at stone tablet
Garden at stone tablet
 Entrance to town
Entrance to Magome
Little village
Little village
One of many water wheels - accosted by two schoolgirls to complete survey
One of many water wheels – accosted by two schoolgirls to complete survey
Nearly at top of hill but still a long way to go
Nearly at top of hill but still a long way to go
 Rice paddies and cypress
Rice paddies and cypress
Rice harvesting
Rice harvesting

DSC_0610 (Medium) Big Tonka Truck

 Mini stone headstones
Mini stone headstones
More mini tablets
More mini tablets
Another pretty spot
Another pretty spot
Old Edo town - Tsumago
Old Edo town – Tsumago
Rocky creek bed
Rocky creek bed
Water wheels needed a lot of investigation
Water wheels needed a lot of investigation
 Rocky creek bed
Rocky creek bed
 Entrance to Tsumago
Entrance to Tsumago
Cleansing facilities
Cleansing facilities in the little towns
A D51351, whatever that is, for the train buffs
A D51351, whatever that is, for the train buffs
Nagiso-end-of-Bruces-walk
Nagiso-end-of-Bruces-walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have sorted out our transport across the Kurobe – Tateyama Alpine Route and will head off today for the start.

 

 

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