We've been fairly busy for the last few weeks, teaching summer school. We only had one day off in the middle, so we decided to make the most of it. We went on a lovely long bike ride, to Akiu. It's a hot springs town about 12km south west of our house. Due to the insane hot weather we've been having recently, we weren't tempted by the hot springs, but there was plenty of nature to keep us busy. Right near the town there is Rairaikyo gorge, and a further 10km along the road is Akiu Great Falls. Despite a 2 thunderstorms, and very aching legs, we managed to get round everything and had a lovely (if exhausting day!).
I hope you're not all fed up with photo of rice fields, trees and mountains because, once again, that's pretty much all that's here! It's not my fault, blame the Japanese countryside.
Trees around Rairaikyo gorge
We were so hot after our bike ride that I was longing to jump right in that water, but there was sadly nowhere to get down to it.
Out into the greenery
A camera theft by John led to a picture of a bridge disguised as an aqueduct
After a bike ride in the thunderstorm. As John put it, "I've genuinely had less wet showers"
We finally made it to Akiu Great Falls. They were gorgeous and worth the rain!
It always surprises me how calm a river becomes straight after a waterfall
Mist on the mountains, and greenery everywhere. Sums up our day!
I wish my camera took panoramas, there was this view in every direction.
Collapsed at home, Olympics on the telly, and a gorgeous sunset outside. What a lovely day!