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  • I must admit, it's not every day a stranger

  • pulls you over at the side of the road to give you a packet of

  • custard cream biscuits.

  • [Chris responds in Japanse]

  • Oh my god.

  • Oh my god

  • If I could uh

  • if I could describe myself in one word that word would be f...

  • Idiot. I forgot to stretch yesterday. I realised

  • I woke up this morning and I could barely stand up because

  • my legs were so stiff and it turns out I pretty much

  • forgot to stretch which you should never do

  • after cycling 53 kilometres.

  • Today, we're cycling

  • 56 kilometres from Murakami Station to

  • Niigata Station, making it the longest day so

  • far, of the three we've done. And, to make things even more difficult,

  • I've got to accept my mini-challenge of the day.

  • Well this is disturbing. He's the only normal

  • looking one here. Today I thought I'd let my

  • erstwhile assistants, my crew, uh

  • have the first try, and put their ideas

  • into the capsule toy machine. So, let's see

  • what comes up.

  • Doesn't wanna come out!

  • Oh well, I won't have to do any challenges today(!)

  • There we go, alright.

  • First challenge of the day

  • is

  • oh for god's sake.

  • Interact with locals: ask three people

  • to say "Journey Across Japan"

  • on camera.

  • Who wrote this? whose idea was this?

  • Uh, it was my one.

  • You're one?

  • Yeah.

  • You son of a...

  • Lucky you didn't get my other one.

  • [Chris laughs]

  • Yeah, I mean, that's gonna be pretty hard actually...

  • Japanese people are so shy; I always feel uncomfortable sometimes

  • just going up to strangers and randomly asking them things so

  • this is actually gonna be quite scary. Quite nervous about this one.

  • If you're wondering how I'm navigating on this trip, what we're

  • doing, I'm using Google Maps basically. Ahm, but it's just

  • asked me to go through somebody's farm just to cut through a field

  • so be careful how much faith you place in Google Maps if you're uh

  • cycling through the Japanese countryside.

  • You might end up in a somewhat precarious situation.

  • I must admit, it's not every day that a stranger

  • pulls you over at the side of the road to gift you

  • a packet of custard cream biscuits!

  • I was cycling down the road and I saw this little old woman kind of

  • waving at me, so I pulled over and uh she tried

  • to invite me to some kind of tea party with her and her friends.

  • She even showed me some pictures of other

  • foreigners who had joined her at previous parties. I don't know how

  • that happened, maybe she patrols the roads looking for

  • people to join them. But um, I had to decline

  • as the party - the tea party in question - was the complete opposite

  • wrong way. So I had to say no, unfortunately.

  • I did try to get her to say the key phrase: "Journey Across Japan" - but

  • er... I failed. But at least the custard cream biscuits.

  • Which are now my lunch seeing as...

  • oh wow... Seeing as I didn't really pack anything

  • this is essentially my new-found lunch.

  • Thank you very much.

  • [Chris converses in Japanse]

  • Are they good though? That's the real question.

  • Oh wow.

  • Like a rye biscuit

  • I'm absolutely surrounded by flies here - oh my god, oh my god.

  • Oh my god, there's so many! There's so many! They can smell

  • the custard cream biscuits, why did I stop here?

  • Fucking hell.

  • There are so many mosquitoes

  • I should... I'm just gonna leave my bike there and walk off. It is definitely gonna be hard

  • to get people to say the phrase: "Journey Across Japan" for

  • two reasons: the first is, it's actually

  • a little bit of a cumbersome phrase to say in Japanese 'cause

  • it would be something along the lines of [phonetically] "journey across-oh zs-apan"...

  • "journey across-oh zs-apan", or something like that.

  • And second of all, there's absolutely nobody out

  • here, as you can see, I'm essentially in the absolute middle of

  • nowhere. So if the worst comes to worst, when I get to Niigata

  • City, I'll just turn up into a bar

  • or a restaurant or something and try and find some drunk

  • salarymen because they'll do anything. Literally anything.

  • That'll be my last resort which is probably gonna become a reality

  • at this rate.

  • Is that a McDonalds?!

  • Well guys, we made it.

  • We're at Niigata City: population 800,000,

  • and an absolute nightmare to cycle through in rush hour.

  • Which is now.

  • Yeahhhh! [rings bell]

  • That could have ended badly

  • We've done it! We've arrived at Niigata Station

  • and all I can think about

  • is the fact that I haven't completed the challenge yet.

  • Even though my legs feel like they're gonna fall off

  • and I feel like I'm just gonna pass out in this bush,

  • I've gotta complete that challenge.

  • Maybe I can somehow combine it with dinner.

  • Kill two birds with one stone.

  • Hmm

  • So I've come to Niigata Station where they've got Sake vending machines.

  • I think there's about 100 varieties of Sake here

  • from all across Niigata Prefecture.

  • What better place to try and get people to say the phrase

  • "Journey across Japan" than here?

  • Whilst they're probably... a little bit drunk.

  • So for ¥500 you get five tokens

  • and one little Sake cup.

  • You choose which Sake you want,

  • pop your token in the machine,

  • get your cup of Sake and away you go.

  • It's as simple as that.

  • So, uh, I've been here three or four times now.

  • I'm not ashamed to admit that.

  • Usually I just pick ones at random, this time I'm gonna get ten or fifteen tokens

  • and work my way from 1 to 15 along the machine

  • Ooh that's strong!

  • You can see here all the information about the Sake,

  • and this one is uh, Karakuchi which means it's got a little bit of a spicy aftertaste.

  • You can see the acidity, the alcoholic volume...

  • This one is, uh, fifteen percent.

  • It's pretty good, and it's also from near Niigata City.

  • You can see on the map as well, where it's from,

  • within Niigata Prefecture.

  • Just got five people to say the phrase "Journey across Japan" now.

  • Hopefully... after I've had a few of these...

  • should be a lot easier.

  • In theory.

  • What I love about Sake is

  • it's just absolutely clear,

  • It's got a very nice fine taste.

  • I feel sophisticated when I drink it,

  • even though I'm quite clearly not, in any way.

  • The thing about drinking Sake is it hits you very quickly,

  • cause it's, just basically like shotting wine, erm.

  • Kind of looks like water but it's very potent

  • and after just four, five cups of this

  • I can already feel it hitting me.

  • Still maybe I can, uh, pluck up the courage to go an speak to someone,

  • and ask them to endorse my cycle.

  • That won't be weird will it?

  • This guy looks kind of friendly.

  • Nice to meet you.

  • Yes! Yes!

  • OK so I failed to get three people to say the phrase "Journey across Japan".

  • To be fair,

  • it would have been more but the staff weren't too happy with a disheveled foreigner

  • walking around the Sake vending machine place

  • harassing other customers.

  • I will try harder for tomorrow's challenge though,

  • whatever it is.

  • And, uh, I'm currently trying not to fail my main challenge,

  • which is to make daily videos.

  • If you're wondering how you condense a two day editing session

  • into just six hours, the secret, my friends...

  • is coffee.

  • Cheap, sugary, disgusting

  • canned coffee.

  • Erm, any weight loss that will come from cycling 50km a day

  • is probably gonna be negated by

  • all the disgusting, horrible,

  • Emerald Mountain Coffee I have to consume

  • to edit late into the night.

  • If you know a better way of staying awake in the evening that doesn't involve coffee or caffeine, please,

  • leave me a comment below, erm, let me know

  • what the secret is.

  • Ah actually