There is a freedom that comes with riding a bike. You can go almost everywhere you could if you were on foot, you don't have to follow any rules that you would if you were in a car, there's no sitting in traffic, and you can cover a lot of ground quickly. We've been riding bikes a lot lately, and it's becoming one of my favorite ways to see the areas where we live. Big bike fans here:)
On this beautiful Friday, we decided to get our weekend started early and take the bikes down to Naha for an all-day ride. We've done this before, but we wanted to make it a point to find a few places in the city that we'd never been to before. First stop on the list was Fukushen Garden, a (you guessed it) garden right in the middle of downtown Naha. It isn't too big, but it is a serene escape from the business of the city with lots of flowers, pagodas and ponds.
After Fukushen Garden, Matt and I rode our bikes all the way up to Shuri Castle, which is an uphill battle all the way! We have been to Shuri-jo before, but making it all the way up there and back was a goal of our's, and the gardens that surround the castle are pretty for riding around.
Next was our fun ride down from the castle - much more enjoyable than the way up!
|I liked this fun Shisa Dog sign I saw on the way down - I actually noticed them all around Naha that day.|
|Matt with his Go-pro camera mounted to his head (so cool ;)|
Check out this video clip Matt took with his Go-pro riding around the marketplace on Kokusai Street:
|Big Shisa in Downtown Naha|
|Cruise ship that was docked in Naha Port|
|Yes, we rode our bikes over this bridge!|
|Another place we've never been to before: The Naha Fish Market|
|Yes, fish eyes|
More adventures to come!