Stopping by Japan’s Largest Commercial Resort
This area was uniquely designed with 4 huge roofs lined up on a slope with open air markets underneath. Each roof had its own section; one was the marketplace area, another was the restaurant section, and another was filled with street food and souvenirs.
Bike SUP Rescheduled?
Through the rain, we managed to arrive at Odai. The bike SUP activity we planned to do didn’t seem very likely, but we decided to at least arrive and meet up with our guide before deciding anything. We got down to the riverside and it seemed like our guide already had everything prepared on the water.
The weather was very unpredictable today and we were discussing whether to continue with today’s activity or call it quits. After checking a bunch of different weather apps and some intense calculation, it seemed like the heavy thunderstorm would pass by in about 10 minutes and there’d only be mild rain afterwards.
However, there’s another thundercloud approaching in roughly an hour and a half, so we had to decide quickly if we’d do the activity or reschedule.
Cycling on Water
When I first heard I would be doing a bike SUP, I had no idea what to expect. I imagined it would be like a bicycle, but couldn’t imagine a bicycle on water, which is exactly what it was.
Seeing it in person, I realized it’s a bicycle on 2 floats with a propeller in the back. Regardless of how it looks, I was pretty excited to try it out.
Typically, when you get on boats, the first step is quite shaky and there’s always that initial fear of falling into the water. The bike SUP didn’t have that. When I planted my first step, the bike didn’t budge at all so I knew that I won’t have to worry about falling into the water.
When you pedal, it powers the propeller in the back, but you don’t start moving until a few seconds after you start pedaling.
The same goes for steering. The handlebar moves the propeller’s direction, but there’s also a slight lag until you start to move in that direction. It was like I was learning to ride a bicycle for the first time again. Nevertheless, it was quite fun getting used to this new bike on water.
While our guide and Kihira-san(attendant)casually strolled down the river, I cycled intensely to keep up and we went on an adventure down the river in Odai.
Cruisin down the river
The other side of the river was all jungle and a few minutes down the river, there was a small opening, so we decided to make a turn and do some exploring.
It was a new and completely interesting experience, definitely different from the standard SUP. I hope to try it again in the future, hopefully on a nice and sunny day!