The monsoon season has officially started in Japan, but the rains have yet to fall in Nikko. And all of the 新禄　"New Green" is is looking quite nice. Got out for an early morning ride with some of the locals on the Boshin trail. The Boshin trail flows down the escape route Ootori Keisuke used in 1868 during the Boshin War fleeing from the westernizing Meiji forces, before they had their final battle north in Aizu. and really need to remember to keep my camera properly charged. Next time I will be prepared and get the whole trail, about 5km and 550m vertical descent.