Saturday morning ride to Yagyū and Nunome Dam
Having been out of Japan on business for over a week, I was definitely ready to get back in the saddle. Seeing a post from a local cycling group here in Nara, I decided to join up and head out for a morning ride. With some severe jet-lag just starting to kick in, I was fortunate that we started off a bit later in the morning.
The goal for the day was to ride to the Yagyū area of Nara and then stop by Nunome Dam. I was pretty excited as this was new territory for me. There are many damns in Japan, especially in Nara, and the views from there are usually spectacular.
Morning meetup and route planning
Taking a short cut along rice fields
One big plus about cycling in Japan, there is no shortage of roadside vending machines!
and roadside maps as well
More climbs ahead
old bus rusting along the side of the road
A beautiful narrow stretch of road with no cars the whole way
River along the side of the road
almost in Yagyū
Arrived in Yagyū
Vending machine time
Roadside view of Nunome Dam
Nunome Dam Pano
The only other people we spotted here were cyclists
View from the bridge area at the top
After a long ride and eating only a little for breakfast, we were starving. Usually there are convenience stores everywhere, but since this area was very rural, even vending machines were somewhat scarce. Fortunately we happened along a place that sold "sticky rice" and fresh vegetables. Definitely much better then 7-11!
The owner was very friendly ,explaining the area and going out of her way to give us a map
Inside the store
My lunch, onigiri and tsukemono which only cost ¥200!
There was even a table to eat at
With a great countryside view
Time to head home