Sorachi de Cycling/autumn active report


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Do you know the two major products of Sorachi? Buckwheat noodles and wine! I wanted to try both on this cycling trip.
First, I started from Tsurunuma Park heading for Mt.Urausu.
The first 10 km uphill was gentle with only a 100m rise in elevation.
On the top of the hill, I turned a corner, and was thrilled by the majestic view of Sorachi Plain and Ishikari River.
Then I headed for the first stop, Tsurunuma Winery.
As I didn't want to ride under the influence, I didn't taste the wine.
But I wished I could! The view of the vineyards grape fields and beyond was just as good, though.
I passed by Jinnai Farm 21 without stopping because it was not the lavender season, and went on ahead.
After that the road runs along the mountains, with ups and downs.
I saw some farms where the harvest had finished.
I wondered if they were fields of botan buckwheat, a special and rare kind.
I heard that it has a superb flavor and fragrance, but not many farms grow it because it is difficult and the yield is small.
I arrived at Karamatsu-en Buckwheat restaurant, where botan buckwheat noodles are their specialty.
I ordered simple cold soba.
I wanted to enjoy the taste of buckwheat, so first I ate it as is, without even dipping it in sauce.
The instant I took the first bite, the strong smell of buckwheat filled my mouth.
Then I ate the rest, dipping it in the sauce, which complemented the taste of the noodles perfectly.
After finishing my meal, I leisurely pedaled through the flat land and headed for the goal.