I met up with Bacon at Rokko Island McDonalds. He instantly showed a preference for the vibrant, racy Versys over the staid security of the F800GS, and decided to tag along with me for the trip.
Pooey and Bacon wait for the ferry. We'll be in Kyushu in 12 hours.
Bacon and his mate Pooey get down to some serious partying on the boat, something they'd regret later when rudely awoken at 5am to go and rejoin the bikes with their hosts.
A couple of college girls were happy to entertain Bacon and Pooey, knowing they didn't have to leave the boat until 7:30 am.
Our first rest stop was the Miyazaki Royal Hotel. It rained all the way down there, but brightened up by the next morning.
Bacon found a huge shrimp to admire on the way from Miyakaki to Kamikawa campsite. Kyushu is quite famous for its shrimps.
After a rainy ride down to Miyazaki, Bacon came up with a nifty idea how to dry my gear.
Mapple recommended Nichinanji for lunch in Nichinan city: Ramen, fried chicken and gyouza (pork dumplings). Yummmmy!
Forest road info: Drive slowly and safely; beware of blind corners, falling rocks, landslides and the like.
Bacon sighs at Haildamage and his customary stop at a DIY store and subsequent faffing around.
Kamigawa Camp first night's dinner: Thai green curry with shrimp.
The BBQ was roasting for the second course; the chicken got a little charred. Luckily not all of it came out like this.
The next morning, Bacon and Pooey were in awe as a plume of volcanic ash billowed out the side of Sakurajima, one of the most active volcanos in Japan.
Bacon enjoys a viewpoint over the coastline and our campsite in the trees yonder.
The start of a forest dirt road. Even in the back country you're never far from the politician's canvassing.
Bacon and I doubled back from the gravel and found a nice little onsen for a washup and lunch.
This way to the gent's bath.
Pretty steamy and hot in here, but feels great getting the camp bbq stink out.
No shortage of selection from these vending machines out the front of a rural post office. Bacon went for a hot can of European blend coffee.
We're heading for the end of the Sata peninsula on the Sata Cape Road Parkway.
Bacon found a good spot up front behind the screen for the ride on the Sata road. Watch part of his ride on YouTube.
The dormant Kaimondake Volcano in the distance. Our destination in the morning.
Bacon was intrigued to see this woman travelling with her little bird in the car.
He was even more shocked when the lady passed her little bird out to her husband. Luckily it didn't fly away.
Haildamage was very content in this hippie cafe, Moon Galammasala. The chicken was awesome, but he fed his greens to Bacon, tut, tut!
A noteworthy place for future riders in Kyushu. Bacon and Pooey loved it.
Kuriya Guesthouse, a very inexpensive inn with hotspring bath and great seared tuna.
Come on Bacon! Enough posing. Let's get back on the road. We'll head around Kaimondake and then up to Amakusa Island.
The perfect cone of Kaimondake, and the perfectly aweful rainclouds to the right that we headed into and through. What a miserable that was!
We'll take a bag of these spuds for dinner, eh lads? They were great baked in the bbq coals the following night.
Off on the ferry to Amakusa Island soon, and our second camping adventure. Not looking forward to pitching the tent though.
A local woolly mammoth took Bacon and Pooey for a little ride.
Tent camping was abandoned for bungalows, hence the big smile on Bacon's face.
Throwing caution to the wind, Bacon and Pooey posed with this local lion.
This rather adverturous path was stumbled upon quite by accident. It turned out to be quite a challenge for the Versys, but the F800 took it in its stride.
One of the many beautiful views we had of the Kyushu countryside. This one is on Amakusa island. We had a great day exploring all the backstreets and lanes.
Bacon has memories of his rides in Europe on finding this lovely church.
Another lovely countryside view on Amakusa Island.
More Kyushu shrimp, this time on the barbie for dinner.
Bacon took a liking to this COEDO beer, a very tasty ale if a little unorthodox packaging.
The boys had a very pleasant bungalow camping time here.
Bacon had another religious moment and insisted on going all the way up to the front of this shrine while Haildamage and Pooey lazily gave up half way.
The village bobby wasn't very talkative even when Haildamage gave him the ADV salute.
More Kyushu shrimp, this time huge ones battered on a bed of rice, or tendon as it is known here.
Bacon came up with more ingenious drying ideas at the Kumamoto Royal Hotel.
Chicken wings, meat on skewers, and sashimi for dinner. A delightful little snack.
Nightime travel wasn't so comfortable. "Do I really have to be squished in here", said Bacon.
When in Kumamoto, you've got to try the tonkotsu ramen. I didn't tell Bacon it is made with pork broth.
No time to get a better shot of Kumamoto Castle, an impressive structure that I'd love to spend a day exploring sometime.
We took a back street past Mt. Aso to get to our next inn, and found a suitable field with a good view. It was pretty windy up there though.
The Pig Fluke Cafe just beckoned Bacon over for a photo. Meanwhile Haildamage and I were inside scoffing German style hotdogs. Dee-lish!!
Bacon looking very nervous posing with the Pig Fluke Cafe woman. What a good sport he was!
Ah, the unmistakable mark of a hot spring in the area. That would be the Yasuragi Inn, our next rest stop, but not before a quick jaunt to the top of Mt. Aso.
Bacon and Pooey sighed. Haildamage and noxious gas were no strangers the whole trip, so at the top of Mt. Aso he was in his element.
Bacon clung to the railing for dear life as the wind threatened to blow him into the bubbling crater below.
Bacon and Pooey agreed Haildamage should have one of these labels tatooed on his forehead, and not just for asthma sufferers.
A hearty meal welcomed us back from our ride around Mt.Aso, and very good it was too.
Bacon and Pooey gaze puzzled as to whether this was for me or for the local cat. I ate it anyway. Haildamage was not so adventurous however.
Cats like these beckon customers into the stores. This one was selling Kyushu style pork and ostrich noodle soup. No, wait a minute, that's not right...
Mushrooms, egg and Bacon: A full English breakfast in the shitake forests of Kyushu.
Geothermal power. What else in this area?
Back to normal and a hearty Gusto King burger and a glass of Calpis before heading to the ferry terminal. Good travelling with you Bacon and you too Pooey.