Japan: closure

After flying across 9 time zones, riding more than 3000 kms and ‘sacrificing my butt’ to get a glimpse of the famous ‘sakura’ (Japanese cherry blossom), what do I find outside my own front door when I get home…….?IMAG0122

Maybe I should have really taken notice of Marcel Proust, when he said: the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Or my own aphorism of: looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace.

But I leave you with this caption-worthy Japanese sign I passed on the tiny island of Rebun.


Throwing drinks cans out of the car is a headache for the sea gulls?

If you have followed me on this extraordinary journey across Japan, thank you for your company. May your own wheels take you along the roads of life less travelled.


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 2, 2015, in End-to-End of Japan 3000kms and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the journey Frank – Bob

  2. James York

    Frank, a really great series of stories from your journey across Japan. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. James (husband of Camilla York (Peters)).

    • Thanks James….it’s been good to have your company along the way. And hope you, Camilla and children are enjoying the bank holiday weekend…

  3. Nah, that sign says, “Throw your empty soda cans at seagulls ’cause they’re a pain in the @$$.” 😜

    • Now why d’you have such a downer about seagulls? Do they sometimes poop on your cycle helmet……?

      • I live in Michigan, my friend. It’s a huge peninsula… The seagull should be the state bird.

      • Ah Michigan…….I once spent some time teaching in a High School in Livonia, with the Henry Ford Museum just a cycle ride away.

      • Livonia is one of the happiest cities in the U.S. I hope it was good to you! Every student in southeastern Michigan goes on a field trip to Henry Ford at least twice in their schooling. It’s an amazing museum.

        You really get around!

  4. Well done Frank! Yet another fantastic journey, we were glued to every post. Vicarious pedaling has never been better. All the best from A, B, and C in Lake Tahoe.

  5. LOL – Frank glad you made it home safely. It looked like a wonderful trip, and I enjoyed following along.

  6. Roger Davies

    Welcome home. I’ve really enjoyed riding with you from my sofa. Very we’ll done. Antarctica next?

  7. Richard Abington

    Really enjoyed your daily reports, feel I’ve learnt something about Japan without having to leave the house! Congratulations on a successful journey.

  8. Peter Lamb

    Welcome home Frank.

    Sent from my HTC

  9. Jenny will be so glad to have you home. Thank you for sharing your adventurous journey with us. I have loved reading your posts.

  10. Have loved following your trip. 🙂 I love the sign 🙂

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