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I believe travel allows us to disrupt the usual daily routine and reinvent ourselves. We are in a new place and do new things to create new experiences with new people that we will never forget. If we collaborate with the right people and do the right things, we can begin a process that will lead to the future we need to save the world.
It took about 2 hour to get from Nagoya to Tochihara Station by the JR Railway. The cycling tour staff picked us up at Tochihara station in their car.
The road from the station to Cazacle ran through the mountains and was full of lush greenery. We made our way along the twisted mountain path, even passing by monkeys along the way.
We went there so we could take part in a special cycling experience. When we finally arrived in the small village the first thing I immediately saw was a huge temple. The temple looked amazing, and it was bright orange. There was a long cycling road and walking path that ran through the entrance, and into the woods.We turned away from the temple and the paths, and went into the town. As we drove into the town we were surrounded by a group of houses that were growing gardens in front of them. We parked our car at an inviting house that had bikes in front of it and knew we had arrived.
We pulled up and were greeted by a nice woman that introduced herself as the owner of the bike rental place. We went inside and also met the man that was her partner and the director of the olympic bike team . They were both bicycle enthusiasts and I learned about all they put into their tour service. They helped us to get set up and we went on a tour of the village by bicycles.
We saw the village up close and headed to other houses that surrounded the town by bicycles. We went through the small winding streets and passed by the locals to get a real Japanese experience, as if we lived there.
We passed through gardens and arrived at farms that were growing vegetables as far as the eye could see. There were views of huge mountains in the distance and landscape to enjoy the sun set.
During our ride, we stopped at one of the old houses and went inside. It had been remodeled to welcome travelers and was so nice. Our host then sat us down and she performed a show for us. She showed us pictures and used them to tell the story of the village.
She told us about the history of the town and about a husband and wife that led the effort to dig out a water way to create an extension of the river so that they could irrigate crops. It took a total of 247,000 people.
The irrigation canals took more than 20 years and it all had to be dug by hand. Not only do they appreciate the man that did this, and the wife that supported him, but they created a story about this to tell visitors.
This all gave me an appreciation of the village and our wonderful guide but also made me feel included in the story. We still have a part to play in the progress of this village.
After we heard the story, we got back on our bikes and saw the actual canal that was built and explained in the story. We rode our bikes up the mountain so we could see how the canal had to be built at an angle to slowly flow down. We also enjoyed a comfortable coast down the mountain and this is the road we took so we could go to the next spot to have a drink and see where they held their festivals.
It is a great space to invite people and make great memories together. They have walking trails and space in the woods that are along rows of beautiful flowers for people to celebrate.