55mph - Roots. Vol.02
Cruising West at 55 mph
Crossing the World’s Longest Suspension Bridge
We awoke on the morning of the second day and prepared for the day’s course taking us out of Kyoto and across to Awaji Island via the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. We would then enter Shikoku by crossing the Onaruto Bridge and make our way towards Tosa in Kochi Prefecture on the island’s southern side.
The day’s distance was just under 400 km, making it a little shorter than the first day and we just needed to arrive at our destination by nightfall, so we decided to have a little look around Arashiyama that morning. We crossed the Togetsukyo Bridge over the Katsura River and took a walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove after parking our bikes nearby. With the pandemic relatively settled down at that point, tourists had started to come back and Arashiyama was bustling more than we expected. Rowly has come here a number of times on photography assignments and easily guided us to the best places for pictures. What was surprising for me was how familiar Tanya was with Kyoto. She explained that she visits lots of popular tourist spots across Japan on her own solo motorcycle trips.