It is a fantastic ride that goes over 6 bridges and a short ferry ride. The route is marked with a blue line on the street and there are signs and rest stops along the way specifically for cyclists. Many of the restaurants and businesses even have bike pumps, a couple of simple bike tools and will fill your water bottles for free.
Here is a link to the map. http://www.go-shimanami.jp/download/cycling/cycling_map_en.pdf
|This was our view at our lunch stop on the way there. We noodles with tempura octopus. It was really good.|
|This was our ice cream break. Green tea vanilla swirl. Yum!|
|Looking back the way we came|
|The big bridge.|
One of the most impressive things about this ride is the infrastructure they invested for cyclists. Here are some of the ramps that are cyclist only that they built for getting on and off the bridge.
|Jeff took this one of me going down the ramp from the bridge.|
Imabari has a really nice castle so we walked around in the evening and took a few pictures. The moat is fed from the ocean and had ocean fish in it. It was really neat to see the fish jumping to catch bugs as we were enjoying the view.
|Imabari castle lit up at night.|
|This one gives a little better feeling for how huge it was.|
We stayed in a really nice hotel in Imabari with a king size bed, which was awesome, even though it was still Japanese firm (think of putting a thin blanket on the floor and that is a little softer than a Japanese bed). It was really nice to have a bigger bed for a change.
The next morning we got an early start and rode back towards home. Here are a couple more pictures of the big bridge.
|Crossing the bridge. Like mentioned above, separate from cars.|
|Last pic of the monster bridge.|