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Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata: Mercury poisoning

Rain would continue to be a challenge on the way to Minamata. It was also very hilly which didn’t help the cause. One night, I was riding up the hill and it got pretty dark and I could not find a place to camp and kept riding in the dark until I finally reached Minamata’s michi no eki (rest stop) where you can go inside and actually sleep legally. And this one had a couch and a few handicap bathrooms where I would wash all the dirt I had picked up along the way. I would ride 120km this day through hills and rain. It was the most distance I had covered so far. At the end of the day, washed and clean laying in my sleeping bag, is the best time of the day, especially with a full stomach and a beer in my hand. Good night Japan.

 

Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
I somehow found myself riding in the highway when a traffic control officer started running towards me with his whistle and traffic light baton in his hand and guided me out of the freeway in jogging speed for about 10 minutes. Then, he bowed to me and said goodbye. Only in Japan.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
The mountains in the background with layers of cloud hovering above. Pictures don’t do justice, especially with a point and shoot.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
Minamata port. Why do I feel like the lumber here is not from Japan but from third world nations?
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
Minamata bay, where the mercury was dumped into. They have turned this place into a very nice memorial park with museums, giant baseball fields, and just a very nice place to relax.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
I think it represents all the marine life that have perished due to the mercury spill
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
I’m sure these balls represent the mercury. Yes, people, keep taking your vaccinations laced with mercury, then you can have these nice silver balls in your body for the rest of your life. Besides, mainstream media says it’s good for you.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
Photo from the Minamata Museum.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
More and more I look at these pictures and think that the photos is such a deception for the viewer because I swear my legs are twitching on the verge on failure from riding up hills after hills in Kyushu, where I like to call it the boot camp of cycle touring. Please ride for yourself.
Bike Tour Kagoshima to Minamata
Instructions but in Japanese. Many days I’ve spent in a laundromat waiting for my clothes to be washed. Although convenient and cozy inside, it is fairly expensive, I was spending over five dollars to wash and dry.
This is a guest blog post by Dae Choi
Sunday November 3, 2013

2013/11/01-03: Kagoshima to Minamata: Mercury poisoning

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