【Day2】17 Sep 2022
From Tohoku to North Kanto, Long Drive Continues
|We were lucky with the weather on day two as well. The cars set off from the hotel at 7:30 a.m., and the dazzling sun shining on the cars told us that it was going to be hot today.
The entrants left the hotel, and after competing a PC competition at the first destination, the Bandai Eruption Memorial, they went over Mt. Adatara to the Link Circuit in Fukushima City. They were struggling with the competition held in the whole circuit course.
After finishing the competition at the Link Circuit, the entrants headed to Fukushima Sky Park, which was just a stone's throw away. They competed another PC competition held on the entire runway of the park. Although the entrants competed many competitions in a row in the morning, they looked somewhat radiant like the weather today.
The entrants left Fukushima Sky Park and headed to Iizaka Onsen. Many local people welcomed the entrants there, waving small flags. After receiving a stamp and a commemorative gift, they left the onsen to their next destination, Kamitozawa Hall in Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture.
After receiving a stamp at Kamitozawa Hall, the entrants drove into Shichikasyuku Town. They rearranged their formation in order of participant number in the Shichikasyuku Dam Natural Recreation Park parking, then received a stamp at Oh-waraji and headed to Onogawa Onsen in Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture.
The entrants were warmly welcomed at Onogawa Onsen and received a stamp. They returned to Urabandai Lake Resort once for lunch. They enjoyed lunch, and the afternoon program started.
The entrant left Urabandai Lake Resort, and competed a PC competition at Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Snow Park & Resort, then headed to a stamp point, Lavi Spa Urabandai. After receiving a stamp, they drove south to Ouchijuku.
Since it was Saturday, Ouchijuku was crowded with many tourists. Seeing the cars coming into the street, the tourists were a little surprised, but at the same they were very interested in the cars and taking photos and seeing them up close. After receiving the last stamp of the day at Ouchijuku, the entrants competed the last PC competition at Okurairikoryukan.
By the time the entrants arrived at the Nikko Kanaya Hotel and the Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel, it was already dark outside. Day two was a long drive of approximately 417 km, from Fukushima to Miyagi, Yamagata, then to Nikko. Their long day finally ended.
Although it got quite hot during the day today as well, there were some signs of autumn on the way here, golden ripe rice plants in the rice fields and Japanese pampas grasses swaying in the wind. The deep green of the mountains was also different from that in summer.
On day three, the entrants are driving approximately 260 km from Tochigi Prefecture to Ibaraki Prefecture, and then to Narita in Chiba Prefecture. The weather forecast says it will rain, so it is going to a tough drive tomorrow.
（text & photo：Mika Iwamoto）