Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day, or so we thought when we set off to cycle the mountains. There hadn’t been any rain, or snow, on the coast for several days. So, we assumed it would be a good day to ride Rakan plateau. At 1000 metres I would not say that Rakan is a high plateau; however, there is a small ski area right at the top of the plateau. Anyway, it was a beautiful morning, a bit cool at 4 C, but clear and windless. We cycled up the Nishiki river looking for blooming cheery trees (still too early) and enjoyed the blue sky. The first photo was taken while cycling up Hongo valley and Rakan can be seen in the background. Yes, that is now on the mountain; however, the road was clear and the weather was great. So, we continued climbing up to Rakan. My cycling buddy for the day was Tom; well bundled for a cool day of cycling. As we climbed toward Rakan we could see the road was clear, so we just kept heading toward our demise.