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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    During dinner, we hopped on the Internet and found a budget business hotel situated right in the centre of the city. So off we go! But as soon as we depart the restaurant, it's freezing once again because the sun has disappeared. Thankfully, it's a short ride into town at city speeds and traffic...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Although the days have been getting noticeably longer since we arrived in Japan, this was quite a long riding day and we pulled into the city of Miyazaki well after sunset. We haven't booked any hotel or AirBnB yet, plus we are starving (!), having eaten nothing since a late breakfast. Just as...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Our daylight hours are short enough as it is! The mountains are no help at all when the sun disappears below them at 4:30PM! I can totally picture the lava cutting through the rock when I see these striations on the gorge walls Beautiful reflections on the Gokase River's waters We are one...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Less than 15 minutes ride and we arrive at Takachiho Gorge. Takachiho Gorge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Miyazaki Prefecture. However, we're arriving so late in the afternoon that all the tour buses have already left. We park on the sidewalk next to a scooter and the...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Kids building an inukshuk on the path leading to Ama-no-Iwato This is the real temple of the Sun Goddess! We hike back to our bikes. It's going to be a very short ride to our next destination. Zooming through the heavily forested mountains roads in the Miyazaki Prefecture. So awesome! We...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    As pretty as this temple is, it's actually not the main shrine You have to walk into the forest a few hundred meters, past a river... The path ends at Ama-no-Iwato, which means "Cave of the Sun Goddess". Hey, you mean the story is real?!? The path leading to the cave and the cave floor...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Drama in the parking lot of the the Ama-no-Iwato shrine. There's a lot of mythology set in Takachiho. Although this angry dude looks like he's going to drop a rock on my head, he's actually one of the good guys. Legend has it that the Goddess of the Sun, Ameterasu-omikami, was once driven into...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/401.html We continue our ride southwards through the Miyazaki Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu. We love the mountains in Miyazaki! So scenic! 12% of the land in this prefecture is devoted to National Parks! Tokubetsuto Senmaida (rice terraces) in...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Rare picture of the two of us. A Torii Gate rises out of the water Harajiri Falls is a very popular tourist attraction in the area Neda is always stopping and taking the time to smell the flowers Okay, back on the bikes! We are now leaving the Oita Prefecture and heading to the Miyazaki...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Okay, the RideDOT.com doggy feeding session is over. Back to hit those mountain roads. Speaking of, they are beautiful in the background! Just outside of the town of Ogata, we stop because there are a lot of tour buses and cars pulling into a parking lot. So we stop as well to check out what...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Another pitstop This time at some kind of mini-farm, they had horses, goats and many dogs. We saw a bag of sardines lying around, so we took a few fishies and fed them to the doggies Good thing Neda has no tankbag on this motorcycle, otherwise it'd be more than just sardines that she'd be...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    We stop for a little break next to a little roadside topiary And then back to do more basking in the sun while hitting some twisties. What glorious weather we're having!
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Sweet motorcyle riding in the twisty mountain roads without our bulky overclothes! We are entering the Aso-Kuju National Park, right in the middle of Oita Prefecture. The road we're on will skirt the eastern edge of Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan, which is in the mountain...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    The next day, we're off to explore this new island! Leaving Beppu, riding past some farmers fields to head south. In addition to hot springs, Kyushu is also known for agriculture because of its sub-tropical climate. And because of that warm climate, it's the only island where you can motorcycle...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Neda is off to her onsen! I've read so much about onsens, and the ones I've seen have all been these outdoors natural hot spring pools, but the one in the hotel was just a swimming pool. Well, actually two pools, one hot and the other one VERY HOT! I was the only one in the onsen, so I totally...
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