Christmas cycle tour of JApan

Instead of the normal panic buying presents the week before Christmas, I cycled around the Japanese alps

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As soon as the sun set, the temperature started to drop. This made each day a race against time, where I was having to cycle far enough to make it in time for my flight and stop at low points on my route to gain a few extra degrees of temperature to sleep. When it feels like time is against you, it makes it difficult to stop and get photos of yourself.

It was snow and ice free up till around 1700m which meant I ignored the road closure barriers... A few km up the road I felt I'd come too far to turn back and was faced by a couple hours of pushing through falling snow then a very very slow decent time over the other side, with one foot off the pedal to catch me if the wheels slipped away from underneath me. There is still adventure in the world!

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After 13 years of having this swiss army knife I have finally found the use for the spike tool, getting ice out of the bottom of cycling cleats after walking through deep snow.

After 13 years of having this swiss army knife I have finally found the use for the spike tool, getting ice out of the bottom of cycling cleats after walking through deep snow.

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