The 1st runner in Okinawa is Naoki Shinjo (#105. 41 years old. Left thigh amputation). ・・・
We all yelled “Okinawa!!” on the deck of Queen Coral.・・・
Tetsu is happy about the atmosphere with Sakura-jima his behind. Tsutomu Sakamoto(45 years old. Right leg amputation) and Dr. Hidaka ・・・
At 10 AM, we started the day from Miyagi prefectural office building with the many office staff surrounding.・・・
Hyuga Station is the starting place. Toshihiko Yoshida (44 years old) was the 1st runner for the day.･･･
Starting from the rest area "Yayoi" with the local people kindly gathered for us to see off.･･･
Wider coastal road in Oita prefecture.･･･
Sogen Kono (41 years old. Priest of temple. Left leg amputation) joined us again from last year.･･･
We started the day on 9 am after passing the sash to Hideo Tanaka (50 years old.･･･
Tsuwano was a castle town at a time of Edo, and we saw many old samurai residences.･･･
The guest on 25th May (28th day) was Dr. Takaaki Tanaka from National Hospital Organization Hamada Medical Center. As a support Dr.,･･･
At 9 in the morning, we started the day from Izumo Station after welcoming Dr. Toshihiro Imada (Shimane Prefectural Central Hospital).･･･
This was the 26th day from the very beginning. We entered in Shimane prefecture. National road 9.･･･
The day's starting place was Uemura museum.･･･
From a field on a mountain which views Miyazu Bay, we started 20th May.･･･
There was an walking even going on at Wakasa, Fukui prefecture. "Good Luck!" each other to safe trips of both of us.･･･
We had a uphill after getting out of Fukui city.･･･
At 9 in the morning, we started Kanazawa after having interviews from the local TV and newspaper. Kanazawa was spacias and clean.･･･
The departure on 15th May from Itoigawa station was in raining. The guest runners were Yutaka Oyamatsu (Front in the picture. 45 years old. Paralysis on left side of the body.･･･
The day's 1st runner, Tsutomu Onta (39 years old. Lower limb amputation. Athlete in Nagano Paralympics) showed up in front of Kashiwazaki station at 8:30 in the morning with his wife.･･･
Shintaro Tsukahara (5 years old. Yamanashi prefecture) was the 1st guest runner on the second Niigata stage (85km between Niigata city and Kashiwazaki city). He did his best.･･･
On the second day in Niigata prefecture, we had Dr. Koga and
Dr. Muraoka (both Niigata univ. Orthopedic) as supporting doctors.･･･
Our destination for the day Murakami city is 49km ahead.･･･
The 7th day from Sapporo.
We started Yamagata stage with rain falling.･･･
We started the 12th day with a sign board of Gojome town saying "Visit us again!"･･･
At 8 in the morning on the 11th day,
we started from Katsuragi Park in Odate city.･･･
With a lot of people at Aomori TOYOPET, we started the main land stage. (Aomori city - Odate city, Akita)･･･
The 1st runner on a route between Oshamambe and Hakodate was Ken Kibata (49 years old) who was on a wheelchair racer.･･･
We had 108km between Shiraoi and Oshamambe for the day.
The temperature was 7 degrees.･･･
After the 5-day prologue stage in Tohoku area, we had start of the BJD in JAPAN main stage on 4th May which we will start moving from Sapporo (Hokkaido) to Haha (Okinawa). The distance is 2,500km.･･･
A woman gave us warm words of encouragement at area near Aomori prefecture where the prologue running will be finished, and offered us Japanese crackers.･･･
Running in the mountains in Iwate.
The route 45 that goes north to south near the Sanriku shoreline.･･･
Moving ahead with a ship lifted on the land of Kesennuma by the disaster in our sight.･･･
On the 2nd day of the prologue run, we started from a government building related to anti-disaster measures that has been now become a symbol of the disaster affected in Minamisanriku where the disaster had a large impact.･･･
we are finally ready to start the 3,000km trans Japan journey. First of all, we will begin at Tohoku area where the Great East Japan Earthquake hit last year; ･･･
The road we pedaled to Lund was 108. Tetsu, Dr. Shoda and Saki, all of us were getting excited to finish as we saw the road sign that says "Lund 10km."･･･
After the motel in Edenberga, we took a narrow road.
We pedaled about 80km today and arrived in Kagerod, a small town.･･･
We went further south and arrived in Edenberga after pedaling about 70km.
We had strong winds from South, which was against us all the way.･･･
We left Gotheborg, pedaled about 120km and arrived in Skrea, a small town.
We entered into the area where stronger wind from south blows. ･･･
The temperature in the morning was 6 degrees.
As seen in European countries, shops are closed on Sunday. ･･･
We were headed for 100 km south of Tunamshede.
The temperature of the daytime was 17 degrees.･･･
60km south of Moss, we crossed the border of Norway and Sweden on a bridge, without passport check and etc. Finally, ･･･
We saw many roads for bicycles even in a big city like Oslo.
Cyclists with helmets, without helmets. We arrived in Moss.･･･
We were headed for Oslo, the capital of Norway.
We pedaled by a river for a long time and finally arrived in the city.･･･
We left this morning Ustaoset where in winter time it is crowded with skier.
There is about 260km left until we reach Oslo.･･･
After leaving Kinsarvik, we climbed as we were headed for Oslo.
The highest elevation on the road today is 1,250m. ･･･
We started Lund under the fine weather.
The roads were narrower than those of U.S.A. and Canada, ･･･
We prepared for the next day departure. Bergen is beautiful. We also rested a half a day.
And the the general director of this campaign, ･･･
The members arrived in Bergen, located in west coast of Norway.
Kazama, Tetsu, Ike and Toshi (photographer) who was with us in a part of South America. ･･･
We flew from Deerlake, Canada, to Norway.
This is the end of campaigns in the Americas that lasted 3 months. ･･･
We also pedaled in New Foundland with beautiful forest and rivers and mountains.
We arrived in Deerlake. ･･･
In early morning we departed Natashquan on a boat and were headed for New Foundland.
We stayed in a small village after about 250km. ･･･
We were headed for Natashquan where we will start boating to New Foundland.
The road that stretched from South ends here at Natashquan. ･･･
We arrived in Baie-comeau where Paracycle World Championship was being held.
With the support of the organizer, ･･･
We have only 2 days left for pedaling in North America.
After the campground located nearby gulf of Saint Lawrence, ･･･
After the campground in Tadoussac, again we took route 138 for Baie-comeau.
We had lots of ups and downs today too, with many small lakes in our sight.･･･
After the campgruond in Saint Simeon, we took route 138 again for north.
We had a ferry to cross the river, to get to a small town,･･･
We got on board a ferry from Riviere-du-Loup and crossed the river.
Where we arrived is Saint-Simeon･･･
After leaving Quebec City, we were headed for Saint-Jean-Port-Joli,
a town along the St. Lawrence river･･･
This is a day off after at Montreal. We pedaled in Quebec City･･･
We arrived in Quebec campground. It is located South of the river･･･
After Montreal, we see many sign boards wrriten in only French and hear French words･･･
We left Montreal where we stayed 2 days, and arrived in Saint-Eugene･･･
We visited a hospital in Montreal, Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de montreal, and had a chance to talk to Dr. Denis. The hospital ･･･
Today is a rest day, no pedaling.
Under the present sunshine, we did our loundry, and work as well･･･
After traversing Grande Island,
we arrived in a campground located in south of Montreal･･･
We were headed for northeast
and arrived in Bainsville･･･
After the campground in Kingston,
we were headed for Southeast to get on the route 2. Then on our･･･
We enjoyed the campground with view of
Lake Ontario and the beatiful sunshine in･･･
We went down to Lake Ontario and
took King street that stretches beside the lake･･･
We were headed for Roseneath, a place nearby Lake Rice.
Unfortunatelly we had rain in the afternoon･･･
After the 3-day holiday in Canada, on 3rd, we visited a hospital in Toronto, Sunnybrook Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic･･･
The second day off in Canada.
Maintenancing bicycles, checking routes and getting foods･･･
we arrived Brampton just outside of Toronto･･･
In the middle of the day,
when we were passing a small town, Norwich･･･
As we entered in Canada,
it is colder in the morning and night･･･
Everyday support members give Kazama and
Tetsu batteries for their bicycles on the way･･･
Though, we had work using our computers.
We also went to supermarket and laundry as well･･･
We pass Detroit and entered Windsor, Canada.
We will visit hospitals in Canada too･･･
Pedaling in the heat needs a lot of water.
As they consume tons of water･･･
It seems we are getting used to the heat.
By the way we are having very long days･･･
The second day was also very hot from the morning.
The support car leaves a campground･･･
This day was the hottest day in Indianapolis in this year,
but we were headed for Canada･･･
Our support car will pull a trailer and we sleep in it.
We will have better team work･･･
We went back to Indiana where we finished a campaign with motorcycle. And we prepared ourselves for campaign with bicycles･･･
We had a chance to ride bicycle with bicycle track race national champion. He kindly guided us in downtown･･･
We visited University of Louisville
hospital with Dr. Watanabe as a navigator･･･
We finished a part of campaign using motorcycle, in Indianapolis. From now on, we are campaigning with bicycles･･･
From Effingham, Illinoi, we were headed for Indianapolis. At the city, we get off the scooter (Yamaha / Majesty) that we have ridden all the way from Ushuaia (Argentine)･･･
Afer leaving Little Rock this morning, we kept moving, through Missouri and arrived in Effingum, Illinoi･･･
Today we went North in Texas. As temperature rose toward the hottest time of the day, we took route 59 that stretches from Houston to Arkansus･･･
This 4th campaign which we did our activity in South America and Cuba through May to June, now moves its stage to North America･･･
We had an appointment at 10am with Ms. Aleida Guevarra, a daughter of Che Guevarra. Where we meet is her house where his father actually lived 40 years ago･･･
29th June, Thursday
The nation supports full academic fee, and 35% of the national budget is for medical related.
On 29th, we visited Escuela Latinoamericana De Medicina and talked with the principal･･･
Cuba has a higher level of medical system with the nation willingly involved. How is it constructed and mainteined? Totoday I could visit two medical institutions and meet with the doctors･･･
In the morning, we went to the government press center and registored ourselves as reporters, and headed for the central of Havana city･･･
After a photographer, Zen, and I arrived in Cuba, Dr. Takenaka from Japan also arrived and joined us.
I heard from Zen who has come to Cuba 25 times for 40 years ･･･
After Milagro, again in rain, we kept going in mountain roads. Obviously elevation was getting higher as we got closer to Quito which we set our goal in South America･･･
After 30 minutes from Tumbes, a northern city in Peru, we finally entered Ecuador which we set our goal in South America･･･
The day's destination is Tumbes which is the final place to stay in Peru. And today we had to say goodby to Hugo and his father Willey who drove our support car all the way from Arica･･･
After Trujillo we were headed for Piura, about 450km north.
Right after the departure we found a hospital･･･
We left Lima where we stayed 5 days to visit hospitals and doctors, and went north again. In Lima we had cloudy days･･･
In the last day in Lima, we had a chance to visit the only national institution in Peru, Instituto Nacional De Salud Del Nito･･･
Today I had again a discussion with three doctors who are about to found an emergency medical network NGO called “DOLOR DE ESPALDA”･･･
There are 94 countries participating the Bone and Joint Decade world campaign. Within the 94, South American countries are Brazil and Argentine･･･
Where we were headed for at 8 am was the Maria Reiche Musium. She was an archaelogist who devoted her life to analyzing and preserving the Nazca lines･･･
Today we didn't go north and stayed in Nazca, well know city for the Nazca lines. Kazama took time for his writing and the members organizing the equipment or･･･
After Arequipa which is located 2,800m above the sea level, we were headed for Nazca, well know city for the Nazca lines･･･
From the morning we had a guest t onegociate about the renting a car to cross the border to Chile and to use in all Peru･･･
The caravan that left Iquique went to run inland. At times we ran on a road that stretches between small mountains and we also ran on the mountains･･･
This was the first non-running day since the start of the campaign from Ushuaia. But, what we did was preparation for further campaign･･･
The road we took lead us to inland after we left Antofagasta, a city nearby the ocean. And later we had a road where we can see, the pan american highway･･･
We entered into the latter half of Chile which stretches long north and south. After Vallenar we took again the route 5 to go north･･･
After Santiago was a town Los Villos where you can see Pacific ocean. And this morning, we left Los Villos, took the route 5･･･
Before we left Santiago, we had a visit to Clinica Las Condes, the one of the best hospitals not only in Chile, but also in South America･･･
Since the start of the campaign, we have kept moving day by day. But, we had a preparation day in Santiago･･･
After Chillan, our destination was the Chilean capital, Santiago. As we got closer to the city, amount of trafic got bigger and bigger･･･
Loncoche where we arrived in heavy fog the last night was still covered by heavy fog in the morning･･･
The caravan was headed to Chile after San Carlos De Bariloche. At the border to Chile, the friendly staff were interested in Kazama with the Majesty･･･
After Equel is San Carlos De Bariloche with a lake along to the town. During on mountain roads to Bariloche･･･
The temperature in the morning was minus 10 degrees, which is the coldest since we started the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia, 5 days ago･･･
Also today we departed before sunrise, 8:30 from El Calafate. We made a over 600km-travel to north and arrived in a small town, Perito Moreno･･･
8:30 was the time we left Esperanza. At the time the morning had not come and it was still dark around. We were headed to El Calafate･･･
After leaving Punta Arenas, we ran the road along the strait of Magallanes. Unfortunatelly we had a rainy weather, but I heard that you have a few kinds of weathers within a day in Patagonia･･･
After we left Rio Grande, we continued to go on the route 3, and entered in Chile. Then we took a ferry to cross the strait of Magallanes and arrived in Punta Arenas･･･
In the morning we spent preparing for the start and in the afternoon we finally started Ushuaia! We first had the Argentine national route 3 to go north. On the way, we found road･･･
Unfortunately we knew 10 o'clock in the morning that the support car can't be ready for at least a week. It was very difficult to hide our disappointments, but we put it behind quickly･･･
We put stickers on our Majesty and support car today. Also we had a little maintenance on a trailer that will be pulled by the support car to put some of our luggage. After the things･･･
Once the campaign starts, first of all the caravan will go up north in the middle of Patagonia wilderness. We know that there are hotels even in such wilderness where we can't access･･･
In the morning of the third day in the overnight bus, we arrived in Rio Gallegos located 500km north of Ushuaia, and we finally got off the bus. Kazama joined in our members with the･･･
In the morning of 17th which is the first morning we had in the overnight bus, I thought "24 hours more in this bus..." with a sigh. Well, the fact the we have 24 hours more is actually･･･
Our preparation for the start is going forward steadily.Kazama and Ike got on a overnight bus to go down to Ushuaia while the support car and a 250cc scooter, Majesty, are already on the･･･
Hello, this is Ike, a coordinator of the 4th campaign, The Americas and Scandinavia 20,000km crossing caravan. We have just finished the campaign in Japan which over 100 disabled･･･