Towards the warmer climate.
Woke up and did a good 25 minutes of yoga to relax the hip flexor. Had a very nice Japanese breakfast and off I went.
Thanks to the rest day I was flying. In the morning I still felt somewhat guilty of changing plans, but when I hit the first mountain, saw the snow and puddles of ice, I felt assured I did the right thing.
Before during and slightly after it was still cold, but after heading more south I could feel the climate change. I think it hit up to +14 at some point and it felt so much better than the day before.
Even after some mountains, my average speed was up to 30km/h before I hit some traffic. This was mostly due to almost no wind, which was a new experience for me during the trip.
I was riding alongside Lake Biwa, which is so huge it feels like being on the coast.
After getting lost a few times, I got to Nara at around 2pm, and went to the hotel I had reserved.
After being specifically told I can take my bike inside the room, and doing all the paperwork, another clerk comes and tells me I can’t store my bike in the room or inside the building. Wtf. So disappointed, since I have used the same chain before and had no problems (Shame on Toyoko-Inn) there are plenty of hotel chains in Japan and they just lost one customer.
After making sure there was no way to keep the bike inside, I cancelled my stay and proceeded to call other hotels. It is high season in Nara now, so I had to call about 6 places before I found a room.
After a shower I went sightseeing the Nara temples a for a while, but soon became tires and head back. What is left now is to work on the hip flexor that started to ache again after 110km or so.
Tomorrow is short with plenty of climbing so I need my hips in order. Over and out.