Michinoku Cycling Road in spring, April 26, 2016 (菜の花 と 新緑 の みちのく自転車道 2016年4月26日)

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(Michinoku Cycking Road with rape blossoms, Koriyama City, April 26, 2016. 春の みちのく自転車道 郡山市 4/26/2016)
Today, I pedaled through Michinoku Cycling Road from Yasuhara Bridge near the city center of Koriyama to Otsujigataki Fall in Tamakawa Village in the south. The road was surrounded by rape blossoms as shown above.

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The cycling road goes mostly along the Abukuma River. Photos above show some other scenery along the road which was beautiful enough with fresh green leaves and rape blossoms here and there.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Katsurao Village, a remote village on Abukuma Highlands, April 24, 2016 (阿武隈高地 の 葛尾村 2016年4月24日)

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Today, I visited Katsurao Village which is located on remote Abukuma Highlands. The village expects lifting of evacuation this June and the village office has already returned to its original place. Photo above is a view of the village as of today with the background of Mt. Katsurao-Fuji or its another name Mt. Tatsugoyama (920m).

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Photo above shows a view at the village center. A tall blue sign on the left says that the village boasts no fatal traffic accident for 13,000 days or more than 35 years. This is amazing.

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Photo above shows an entry point to the village through National Route 399 on the border with Tamura City. You can see the road has been renovated new.

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Photo above shows many tourist sites in the village. It has beautiful mountains and rivers during spring through fall.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. (Up: 3.2%, gained altitude: 865m, Distance: 90.7km)

Skunk cabbage habitat and beautiful scenery of the lake at Konanmachi, Koriyama, April 20, 2016 (湖南町 の 水芭蕉 と 飯豊連峰 を望む絶景 2016年4月20日)

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(Skunk cabbage habitat at Banushinden, Konanmachi, Koriyama, April 20, 2016, 馬入新田 の 水芭蕉 自生地、湖南町、郡山市 2016/4/20)
This is a skunk cabbage habitat at Banushinden District of Konanmachi, Koriyama City. It is already in its full bloom. They started to bloom several days earlier than usual due to the warm weather.

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(Iide Mountains and Lake Inawashiro, Konanmachi, Koriyama, 飯豊連峰 と 猪苗代湖、湖南町、郡山市 2016/4/20)
On the way back to my home, I stopped at a viewpoint on the southern edge of Lake Inawashiro. Today, a high pressure system from the west covered Fukushima and I could view excellent scenery of snow-capped Iide Mountain range as if floating over Lake Inawashiro as shown above.

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Photos above are about an interesting site I found today. This site is called "Kusatori Jizo" or weeding Jizo. There is a legend accompanied to it as the stone panel in the picture above says. Once upon a time, there were hard-working young man and his mother. One day, his mother got sick and the young man was struggling with weeding the rice field alone. A young woman suddenly appeared and started to weed the field with him. She was so fast with the work that the weeding was finished by the end of the day. Then she quietly disappeared. He searched for her and found that a standing stone Jizo statue wore the same clothes as the woman. --I love this story.

I had a lunch at a soba restaurant in Konanmachi. It is located before ascending toward Sanmori Pass that I can fuel myself with some food. I had a very nice soba noodles, although I have neither photo nor its name. The location is on the map.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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