Looking for the next great challenge and adventure:
It looked as if the most difficult portion of my segment was behind me. I reached the top of Mount Norikura in Japan, and joined Guillaume and Pascal Viout (#8) who headed, long minutes before me, for a warm and dry place.
Dark clouds covered the sky. And I knew for sure that the descent under that heavy rain would be more than challenging.
Torrents of water rushed on the road. Disc-brakes were unable to stop my engine. And I was left with little choice but to ruin my cleats on the asphalt.
From there I am unable to say if what followed is what really happened or if it is simply the figment of my imagination. But at one point I closed my eyes. And I saw snow flakes getting heavier, turning into golden pearls, and forming a snowstorm.
When I opened my eyes again, I was sitting on the street. Our 3 bikes were leaning on the window of a 7-11 konbini. We were gulping food.
All was silent.
With Guillaume when we started to imagine the Japanese Odyssey and to work on the event, we had in mind something wild. We were dreaming of an event with a high mileage. We were dreaming of an event exploring the wilderness of Japan.
This year the adventure motto is: secondary, unnamed and untraveled roads.
As an inspiration, we would like, to quote one of Matsuo Bashō’s haiku:
Along this road
Goes no one,
This autumn eve.
Forget the mildness of autumn and its favourable weather, the third edition of The Japanese Odyssey starts on Saturday 12th August.
Entrants will start off from Tokyo and will have to reach Kitakyūshū. Depending on the route choices it is a “voyage” of about 3,200 km. Entrants are free to choose their routes as long as they go the 9 imposed segments, which will lead them into a secluded Japan.