We took our bikes with us today. I still don’t feel confident cycling. Cycling in Japan is awkward. The strange combination of using footpaths and roads confuses me. And I find it really hard to cycle on narrow streets with pedestrians and other cyclists heading straight towards me. I’m sure there are rules, but it feels like a free-for-all.
I agreed to cycle as long as I didn’t have to cycle on busy roads. The plan was to cycle to Mr Donut (a side-effect of making toy donuts in the morning) and then to cycle back along the river. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I ended up having to cycle uphill on a busy road full of lorries. I had no idea where we were and what had happened to the river. And neither did Marty. I knew things weren’t going well when Marty checked google maps and told me that we were about to cross the river – just not the one that’s beside our apartment.
We did manage to find the right river and our way home but it wasn’t exactly the pleasant cycle I had imagined. It wasn’t a complete disaster though as we discovered a few new places and I did get to eat donuts. I also got to try out my new camera lens.