Rode from Omiya, Saitama to Nigata city and then ferry to Otaru, bike around the Island in an anti clockwise direction and then ferry across to Aomori and down route 4 back to Saitama. One month of fun , it was October, so ice and snow on Shiretoko toge. I still need to finish Hakaodate to Otaru to finish the lap. Maybe with my son in a few years.
kiwisomon: I will.. I arrive in Wakkanai on the Aug 14th from Santa Fe, NM, I'll be assembling my bike on the 15th, and just wanted to have a bike shop backup plan if necessary. My journey starts in the 16th (my 60th birthday) and ends in Cape Sata on October 2.