Day 18: Akashi, Hyogo to Yotsubashi, Osaka

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The Kobe-Osaka-Kyoto sprawl is the second biggest urban area in Japan with a population of over 16 million living within a 50km diameter. It felt like it today.

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Initially, I took the road along the coast and passed under the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge that I’d crossed in Mori’s truck yesterday. It’s an impressive structure and I’m kind of glad I didn’t cycle it as it is little more than a floating road exposed to the elements.

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From there the road stayed close to Osaka Bay but the water was almost permanently hidden from view by factories, processing plants and general industrial hoo-ha. The road was a four laner with constant traffic and a permanent shadow cast by the expressway which threw traffic at a more rapid pace towards Osaka. There was nothing fun about the ride but it got me to Osaka and some familiar territory that was home to some familiar faces.

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