白雪靄靄的富士山,讓我們一口氣騎著單車衝上山吧。

十月 31 2014 Published by under EZ心情

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富士山(日文:富士山/ふじさん)是日本一座橫跨靜岡縣和山梨縣的休眠火山,位於東京西南方約80公里處,主峰海拔3776公尺。

富士山頂於冬季積雪,直至隔年六、七月才會溶化,在管理上屬於本州地區的富士箱根伊豆國立公園範圍內。富士山不但名列日本百名山,同時也是日本三名山之一,其名稱由來源自於竹取物語。聞名全球的富士山是日本重要的象徵之一,被視為聖山,其在古代文獻中亦被稱為不二、不盡或是富慈,也經常被稱作芙蓉峰或富岳。自古以來,這座山的名字就經常在日本的傳統詩歌「和歌」中出現。  

在富士山山麓周圍,分布著5個淡水湖,統稱富士五湖,是日本著名的觀光度假名勝地。富士山有4個主要的登山口,分別為富士宮口、須走口、御殿場口、富士吉田(河口湖)口等,其中前三個登山入口都在靜岡縣內。

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日本政府在2012年重新提交了世界文化遺產的推薦申請,成功於2013年6月22日正式獲選列入世界文化遺產,使富士山成為日本的第17個世界遺產(第13個世界文化遺產)。

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以上大致上先介紹了一下富士山,很多人聽到去富士山,第一個念頭就是去爬富士山登頂,不過我個人在五月初時,用單車征服它。如果你要登山,富士山的開山時間約為六月到八月,此時富士山才有開放登山客登頂。

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上富士山的道路都屬於有料道路,所謂的「有料」就是要收費的道路。當地舉辦這個活動的主辦單位很有魄力的,在當天早上封路到下午兩點後才開放汽機車進入,所以當天早上只會有一整群的單車出沒在這條道路上。我很想拍下一整群單車像螞蟻一樣遍佈在整條馬路上的景色,無奈有點時間壓力,我已經騎到快喘不過氣了,無力拿出手機拍個照。這次我們挑戰的有料道路叫做「Subaru Line」,這條公路全長25公里,而公路的最高點就是五合目停車場。

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因為今年年初日本聽說遇到歷年最大的暴風雪,所以很幸運的在五合目停車場還有一些殘雪,讓我們這些從南國來的旅客,一直在玩著那髒髒的雪,沒看過雪的土包子。

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從一合目到四合目停車場的景色,就是一直在一整片很高大的樹林一直穿梭著,直到過了四合目停車場後,景色開始有些改變了,高大的樹木銳減,取而代之的是空曠的視野,可以看見其他遠處的高山,而道路旁也開始在白雪下露出富士山有名的黑黑的土,不過老實說從五合目看富士山頂,好像就沒那麼壯觀了,反倒是在從五湖遠眺富士山才顯得它的壯觀。還是要有點距離才是有美感的。(誤!)

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說到這邊就不得不敬佩一下日本人做事的態度了,看到上面這張照片了嘛?因為大會有貼心的服務,你可以將你的禦寒衣物委託大會幫你運上山,然後到終點在跟大會領取,當我看到這一幕是真的敬佩了,他們會按照號碼然後一排一排的將你的行李擺整齊,以便你可以快速的找到自己的行李,真的是很貼心的。

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比賽結束後,我收到一個紀念品,只要有完賽就能收到的環,不過我比較想要銅環的。只差了11分鐘就有機會拿到了,不過這11分鐘是要付出相當的代價才有機會達成的,現階段的我,這樣應該就要滿足了。

 

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正所謂吃吃喝喝,介紹完玩的,也該介紹一下吃的了,這個是哈密瓜口味富士山蛋糕,烤出來超香,那個哈密瓜的味道,傳的整個室內都是那個香味,至於口味,恕小弟嘴鈍,只覺得好吃,但是不太會形容,基本上它的造型比較讓我驚豔的。

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屋烏咚麵,聽說是馬肉烏咚麵,因為我跟當地的地陪用著破破的英文溝通,不過好像馬肉在當地很貴,我們大家猜是牛肉吧,不過也分布出來的。

 

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我覺得在海外騎車,扣除要把整台車運過的麻煩跟組裝,大致上還算有趣,不過也可以在當地借用單車,做一個慢活的小旅行,你也可以看到更多小東西。富士山這個觀光景點,對我這個沒去過富士山的人來說,我覺得還蠻好玩的,而且富士山下的五湖也都有著風光明媚的景色,認真的說遺憾就是這次沒機會去玩一下富士山腳下一個有名的樂園,叫做「富士急樂園」,聽說裡面的鬼屋超有名的,而去河口湖的路上有路過這個樂園,看他的雲霄飛車也好像很好玩,下次有機會再去,可以考慮安排去玩一下。如果你看的有點心動,你身體內旅行的靈魂被勾起了,那就馬上來安排一個放鬆自己的旅行吧。
 

那一年,我們一起騎單車征服的富士山。

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East Coast Cycling 2014

七月 08 2014 Published by under EZ心情

What’s better than an impromptu trip, you ask? An impromptu bike tour. 

 

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I call it this, because our actual itinerary-planning, train ticket reservation, bike rentals were all done in the week before our scheduled departure. The decision wasn’t spontaneous, yet the plans had never stop changing and revolving every step of the way. But I believe all things happen for a reason. Some things were meant to be, and perhaps this trip was one of them. 

 

The six of us started the 7-day, 314-km bike tour at Xindian, heading towards Taitung via the Provincial Highway 9. We’re inexperienced, but perhaps it’s because of our naivety we carried through, despite the challenges we’ve encountered along the way. These challenges primarily being the never-ending uphill slope along the winding road in the mountains, the bitter taste of rain and sand in our mouths as we race the storm, and the muscle cramps quietly tugging at every stretch of the ride. 

 

The first 40km was the most difficult climb as we attempted to cross an entire mountain to reach Yilan. It was the second half of Day Two when we’ve finally arrived at the highest point before we began the 5-7km of continuous decline. The climb was tough, but each of the uphill climb was preparation for the easy glide downhill. 

 

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<These naturally over-saturated beautiful landscapes are the rewards for our exhausted bodies.>

 

Life is in many ways just as what this bike tour has become. There have been times when I felt like giving up, many times to be honest. But I tell myself it was my decision, and I have to live up to it. Many times I lie to myself, “just a few more meters until the next descent." “You can do this." “Just keep pedalling." Lies or not, they were the only encouragement you can give and get when you’re on your own. You are your worst enemy and/or your best teammate. It’s up for you to decide what to become.

 

This is the prefect graduation gift I’ve given myself I believe. As this short, yet very enriching, summer had come to an end, it had also marked the end of my student life. At the same time, it’s a prelude to a career that’ll be just as challenging and just as exciting. Here at EZTABLE, I’ve come on-board a speeding train. And though I still have much pedalling to do, perhaps a long stretch of uphill slopes, I know I will get through them with the same determination and will I’ve had during my East Coast Cycling 2014. Most importantly, I know I’ve got a great team to work with. 

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Cheers to a great summer and the great adventures that awaits.

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