Into The Woods

naguri 1 naguri 2 naguri 3

spring proper is here now– and that, to me, signals the beginning of prime touring season.

on this day, i rode out to naguri-ko in hanno, a lake created by the arima dam.  the surrounding mountains were a sight to behold– the young, yellow-green leaves filled the spaces between the dark evergreen trees creating a dramatic contrast, and the late sakura blossoms peeking here and there added pretty accents.  the winding road that ran beside the lake was fun to drive along and offered great views; after a couple laps, i took a break for a hot udon lunch at the lakeside cafe.

on the return trip, i took a route through a mountain pass.  feeling the coolness of a forest filling with green day by day, that otherworldly calm, the solitude– it’s what i like about riding a motorcycle.  the experience is always refreshing and helps me reset and recharge.

as soon as i got back, my mind was already contemplating the next trip.  all the adventures i’ll have, the discoveries i’ll make this year…!  just thinking about it is excitement in itself.

やっと春本番の暖かさになりました。ツーリング季節の始まりです☆

この日は飯能の名栗湖に行ってきました。こちらは有間ダムの湖。周囲の山並みは若葉の明るい黄緑と針葉樹の深緑、所々桜のピンク色に染まっていて、それはドラマチックな光景でした。湖のほとりを一周する道は気持ちよかったので二周したり、眺めを楽しみながらレイクサイドテラスでおうどんをいただいたり。帰りは久しぶりの峠道を抜けて、日々緑が増している森のひんやりした空気と神秘的な静けさを肌で感じ、心身ともにリフレッシュしてきました。

今年の旅。それに伴う色々な「発見」。考えるだけでわくわくします。

バイクってやっぱりいいな !

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