National Route 6 2 wheel exclusion zone help

#1
So I'm plannig a one day ride from Tokyo to Sendai and I'm considering taking National Route 6, partly because I think it could be interesting and partly because it'll be less busy than Route 4 (I know either won't exactly be picturesque but it's already a 300km+ ride so I don't want to spend any extra time dicking around on minor roads). While Route 6 is open to 4 wheel traffic, it's still closed to 2 wheel traffic including bicycles since the nuclear disaster. From what I can gather, detours (principally for motorbikes) take you miles away and wouldn't really be an option for me with the added distance. I've read several blogs like this one http://www.bicycle-eyes.com/around_aizu/cycling6252.html that suggest you can stow a bicycle on the replacement bus service that runs through the zone, but I can't find that in the official information and the last thing I want to do is get to the exclusion zone and not be able to continue.

Do any of you have any experience riding on Route 6 since the disaster, or any more info on the bus service? Also, are there other things I should be considering beyond skipping that part of the route? I imagine I'll have to pack extra water and nutrition because there'll be fewer convenience stores etc. open in the surrounding area perhaps.
 
#3
 The information number on the left should be able to help you.
I think this is the section of bus route just north of the exclusion zone (Minami Soma to Namie), so I'm planning to cycle this bit. After some digging I did find a timetable for the rail replacement bus between Tomioka and Namie, which is the bit you can't cycle. Here it is for anyone interested:

http://www.jrmito.com/eq/pdf/20180326_01_info.pdf

After some consideration what I've decided to do is to ride from Tokyo to Sendai on Route 4, spend a day in Sendai sightseeing and then ride from Sendai to Iwaki on the way back on Route 6 (using the replacement bus) before getting the train from Iwaki back to Tokyo. That way I won't be so tight for time when I get to the bus station and it won't be the end of the world if I miss one of the very infrequent buses.
 

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#4
Oh, I just saw the Namie and thought that was the section. Next time I'll stop and read before posting
When are you going?
 
#7
Have you determined your route yet? Looking to do the same in Golden week so interested in how it goes.
Yeah, the route is so simple I haven't even bothered mapping it. It goes like this:

Day 1: National Route 4, Tokyo - Sendai
Day 2: Mooch around Sendai as a tourist
Day 3: National Route 6, Sendai - Iwaki (with short bus journey between Namie and Tomioka) + train home from Iwaki Station
 
#11
@Joe McCarthy , how did this ride go??? When I saw “National Route 4” I thought, Hmmm, look forward to hearing your impressions.
Haven’t actually done it yet. That weekend I was planning to do it the temperature suddenly dropped and it was snowing. I just didn’t want to be riding for upwards of 10 hours in those kinds of temperatures with the gear that I have. Since then I haven’t had a 3 day weekend when I was free. It’s still very much on my list of rides to do though so I’ll update this thread when I’ve done it.