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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.
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The sky was beautiful in the morning, but it was sooo windy.

From in front of Mitsumineguchi station
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I started cycling from the station by the road uphill along the valley.
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I had to ride uphill this loop bridge. This was one of the hardest place in this trip.
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This is the entrance of Nakatsu ravine which is about 15km far from the station.
One of my favorite spot!
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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.
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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.
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There is a small village.
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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.
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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.:) (Smile) 
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LuciaAngelina Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Thank you for letting us see your viewing trip. Such awesome sights , I can see what you mean about their glowing. Our leaves here are now brown and almost gone (in Missouri). It is currently -1.67 C. so mornings are very cold now.  Just love to see small towns and all the small surprises they hold. Glad you enjoyed your trip , thanks to you i did too:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
blacktsubu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really glad you like this.:) (Smile)
Cycling long distance is always an adventure for me, even when it's the place I know well.
The temperature was around 14C. lately but it got down rapidly yesterday to 0 C., and it snowed today!:frozen 
The weather report said it was the first time in 54 years that it snowed in November around Tokyo.

It's getting colder and colder in your place and mine, too.
Please take care.
LuciaAngelina Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
I wish we could take our bicycles on bus or trains but we are not allowed to here. You must walk cycle or drive, no buses where I live & I have no car.  I do like the countryside so much more than the cities are you really far from Tokyo? If i may ask.  We have approx 18,000 in my town.   I saw you are learning English, I started learning Japanese before I got sick & am trying harder to pick it up again ^^.   Much good luck with yours.  I will do my best as well !  Please take care this winter, too :D (Big Grin) 
blacktsubu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We are not allowed to take our bikes on buses either... There are no train stations in my town. There are only bus services. And I don't drive either.
I like country side too;) (Wink). I live in rural area of Saitama prefecture. It's next to Tokyo prefecture.
My place is not so far from Tokyo. It's about 1.5-2hours away by train and bus.
Many people commute to Tokyo from here. There are about 19,000 people in my town.
You learn Japanese? That's great!  Learning languages is hard but exciting isn't it?
I wish you all the best.:D (Big Grin) 
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