biking around iwami, october 2016
i’d completely forgotten about writing these snapshots until today, it hit me: the memory of the two days we spent biking around iwami in october, 2016. it was my second time in iwami; the first we’d visited in august and rented bikes for one day to avoid dying from heat. this time we got bikes for two days, which meant we had more time to wander aimlessly around and across town, all the way in the direction of the ooiwa station.
maybe it sounds weird, but those electric bikes are one of my favourite things about iwami. that sense of freedom, rushing down the quiet streets and pathways along the coast… everything from biking up a lush hill to doing u-turns at the parking lot of a konbini feels like you’re running on endless energy, and absolutely nothing can stop you. we ran into waving and laughing school kids on the side of narrow roads, stopping to stare at the fields; then back to the pier and all the way to the bulwark, where tons of concrete tidal wave stoppers stood between us and the ocean.
those were windy days, not hot and humid like those in august; but in some ways it was better, because we had the freedom to go anywhere, anytime. at night the wind would pick up and beat against the floorboards, but that rush of speed and laughter during the day… it’s something i still felt vividly, as i was biking in very different small town, today.
maybe one day i’ll buy an electric bike. it won’t be called rin-chan like the one in iwami, but hey. some moments are better lived in a certain time and place.