May 17, 2015
a little bit busy "Golden Week"
This "Golden Week", especially from May 2 to 6, was a little bit easy for me.
On May 3rd, I took part in a cycle event named "Tour de Kunisaki"（ツールド国東） in Oita prefecture. I participated in the event in 2012, but I could not do in 2013 and 2014 because of some reasons.
The event was held in very bad condition, so heavy rain. It took about five and a half hours (including about one hour rest) for me to finish 75km course. It was very hard but finally I could reach the goal. After the event, I stayed at an accommodation named "Kunugi-ya"（檪舎） where I have stayed several times in the past. It is a B & B style accommodation run by a retired couple.
On May 5th, I rode bike with a Thailand woman and my English teacher (from Fuji) around Mizmaki, Ashiya, Okagaki area. She visited Japan as a member of a tour from Thailand. The tour members came back home but she stayed in Japan alone since April 30.
The weather was very fine and I was glad to show them the good bike road along the Hibikinada（響灘）. And she was impressed by the beauty of the flower of "Nan-jya-Mon-jya no ki"（なんじゃもんじゃの樹） in Okanominato shrine（岡湊神社） in Ashiya town（芦屋町）. After that I invited her to my home's small dinner.
On our first plan, I would take her to the Kokura-jo castle（小倉城） in Kitakyushu area on May 6. But she had problem in her legs so she gave up the visit to Kokura, and I took her to her accommodation, "Khaosan Fukuoka Annex" in Fukuoka city by my car.
She gave me a lot of souvenirs from Thailand including a Thai Silk's scarf to my wife, several cushion covers and many Thailand snacks. I am looking forward to seeing her again in Thailand.