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The day after visiting Sounkyo was the longest travel day by far. The night before, I'd checked the map and figured out that, to see everything I wanted to see in the time that I had remaining, I would have to get all the way to the city of Kitami and then down to the Lake Akan area... a very challenging distance of somewhere around 200 km on a route that included a couple of mountain passes. Did I make it? Natch... though the last hill going up to Lake Onnetto and the youth hostel was painful. Along the way, I paused long enough to take photos of the pretty scenery like this.

This is what happens if you try to take a timed exposure of yourself and your bike and don't give yourself quite enough time to get in position. It's actually a lot more interesting than the successful photo I took a moment later.