Well as I had been to Snow Peak HQ not so long ago I knew that taking off early from Niigata City was not a great idea as the volume of cars on R 1 that parallels the Shinano river early morning does not make for pleasant cycling so I set off at 10am instead. This time I made far better use of the river bank cycle path and around lunch time I had reached the foothill town of Tagami where I stopped for lunch at a 7/11 , these places are great as you can buy almost anything you need to eat and drink plus most of them have a western style toilet. I spent a total of 323 yen but ate a 4 pack of butter buns, snickers bar and drank a 500 ml OJ which was pretty filling considering it was so cheap. The weather on this tour was influenced by a typhoon which caused much hotter temperatures in Oct than normal. The day started out at 28 deg , so much for a cool Oct tour !. I made my way along the foot of the hill from Kamo to Sanjo in the shade but once out into the heat again it felt even hotter. By the time I made it to Snow Peak HQ it was about 30 deg , I was already sunburnt and a bit tired because of the heat, but soon found a nice shady spot to pitch my tent near the toilet block. One of my customers who had recently purchased a Surly Pug Ops was camping on the other side of the kitchen block and invited me other later for drinks and something to eat. But first I needed a shower, that's when I discovered that my small bottle of liquid soap had emptied half the contents into my plastic bag containing my bathroom kit ( lesson learnt buy a better container for transporting liquid soap ) . To me at that time of the day it was more funny than a disaster and after a shower felt fine.