Glorious weather greeted the tour today, paving the way for some amazing riding.
The group set out from the gloriously quaint hot spring resort town of Kurokawa.
Slowly but surely, the riders wound their way through forested areas, driving ever upward until reaching the Kuju ski ground, the highest point of the entire tour at 1,140 meters above sea level.
Despite reaching the tour’s literal high point, it wasn’t all downhill from there.
Travels along undulating roads followed over the next 30 or so kilometers along beautiful thoroughfares such as the Yamanami Kaido.
The group inched ever downward, though, until reaching the hot spring town of Yufuin.
Following a delicious lunch, the way out of Yufuin involved a brutally grueling climb at a back-breakingly slow pace.
Once the climb was over, it was for the most part a descent at furious pace along National Route 500.
Upon reaching the outskirts of Beppu, it was off the main track and onto a switchback for some more fun.
Brommie performed brilliantly in circumstances not ideal for him with so much climbing. He incurred his first problem of the tour when his chain tensioner flew off, but this was the result of Kangaeroo over-oiling him.
Once the tensioner was re-applied, it was all systems go again, but Kangaeroo is jeopardizing others’ fun, so it looks like Brommie will be packed away again for a while.