|Monday, Sept. 11
Ferry to Kitakyushu
Kazuko drove us to the Matsuyama ferry terminal Monday morning
and helped Rick buy our tickets for the 7:50 a.m. ferry, about $78 apiece
including bikes. The ticket seller used an abacus to add up the total.
| We had been told we'd need to have the bikes in bags
for the ferry. We removed the front wheels and tied them to the frame to
make the bike length a little shorter. We used our Bike Jams, nylon covers
that fit over the bikes, only we put them upside down under the bikes so
they formed a sack, with only the seat protruding from the top. We secured
the bikes to a stair railing in the entryway of the ferry.
It was raining when we set sail, and the weather map showed a
typhoon to the south. But the forecast for Kyushu was just cloudy, and
it wasn't raining when we arrived in Kitakyushu.