|Thursday, Sept. 21
City of steam
It was overcast and muggy. We had a short, easy ride from Yufuin
to the coastal city of Beppu -- uphill about 5 miles, through Yufuin Tukahara
Heights and around Mount Tsurumi, then all downhill. A spoke on Rick's
front wheel broke near the top of the climb, but his bike was still rideable.
|| Beppu has many hot springs, and there is steam rising
everywhere the water flows -- indoor and outdoor baths, and drainage culverts
under the streets, and above-ground vent pipes on the sidewalks, and the
famous jigoku (hell) ponds, the eight main hot springs, which eject
boiling water, steam or hot mud. The city is a plumber's dream, Rick commented.
All together, Beppu's hot springs yield more than 100,000 kiloliters of
natural hot water daily. Much of it is piped to spas in Beppu and other