I went Autumn colors viewing cycling to Nakatsu ravine in Otaki area Chichibu city.
I bycicled to my nearest station of Chichibu railway, put the bike in the bag, got on the train with it and arrived at the terminal station, Mitsumineguchi.
The sky was beautiful in the morning, but it was sooo windy.
From in front of Mitsumineguchi station
I started cycling from the station by the road uphill along the valley.
I had to ride uphill this loop bridge. This was one of the hardest place in this trip.
This is the entrance of Nakatsu ravine which is about 15km far from the station.
One of my favorite spot!
Another one of my favorite spot! They have wild boar soup and other local foods.
They are only open in this season.
This place is about 25km far from the station.
Sorry for my poor photo skills. The real autumn colors were really beautiful!
The leafs were mainly orange and they looked like glowing.
There are about 100m high cliffs on the other side of the river.
There is a small village.
On my way back to the station I saw a Japanese serow by the road.
We stared at each other. It looked tensed. After a while it started to relax and sniff around. I left there.
This was the 3rd time to visit there on the same route. The last time was 4 years ago.
This was the best timing for the autumn colors.
Only two things I hate about this place...
There are eleven tunnels on the road to get to the ravine. They do have side walks, however none of them are wide enough to ride safely and comfortably.
The road is busy with dump tracks on weekdays. It is terrifying when one pass me on the narrow road..
Still I enjoy this cycling every time.