Sakuma Dam Shinsui Park

So, I got a new bike for my birthday, a folding one, just to give me even more flexibility when I'm scouting about for nice locations. I took it for a quick spin around this dam park in Chiba. When it was built, it was set up as a great place to view the cherry blossoms in the springtime. And it is, and at that time of the year it's buzzing with people driving and walking round the lake, admiring the the beautiful sakura. There are dozens of shops and stalls to feed and water them all. It's a real flower festival...

... but in July, it's yours alone, and it has a very different feel. It was a lovely, peaceful ride/walk and it filled me right up.










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