Saturday, August 18, 2018

Trekking-Day 6-Mt. Iwatesan

Beloved mountain in Tohoku, Mt. Iwatesan.
Day 6
Mt. Iwatesan 8:22-13:05
Distance today 18.5km, climb 3,853m, duration 4:6, avg speed 4.5km/h, burned 1,318kcal
456 days since injury, 425 days since surgery

CAUTION! The duration in this article is due to my experiences and physical strength, and much shorter than the standard course time. Please plan by yourself considering your own experiences and physical strength when you plan to walk the course.

Today we climb up to Mt. Iwatesan.
I was always watching this mountain when I drove on Tohoku express way, but I have never been there. I wanted to climb up there someday.
Departing Yakebashiri trailhead at 8:22.

Nice shade walking for the beginning.


The trail goes on.

Just ascending.

Arrived at the peak at 10:49 a.m., in 2 hours 27 minutes, while the standard duration was 3 hours.

Magnificent view of the crater.

It was windy and cold up there.
We could not stay longer and descended soon.

Nice view of Morioka field.

Came back to the trailhead at 13:06.

The peak was covered with the clouds already.
The trail is well organized and no trash was found on the trail.
I am sure Mt. Iwatesan is beloved in Tohoku people.
Good trail and nice view. I love this mountain, too.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Trekking-Day 5-Mt. Akitakomagatake

A trip to Tohoku.

Day 5
Mt. Akitakomagatake 14:32-16:53
Distance today 6.9km, climb 383m, duration 1:22, avg speed 5.0km/h, burned 838kcal
455 days since injury, 424 days since surgery

CAUTION! The duration in this article is due to my experiences and physical strength, and much shorter than the standard course time. Please plan by yourself considering your own experiences and physical strength when you plan to walk the course.

It's been for a while to take Tohoku Shinkansen. My trekking mate YoshiYoshi picked me up at Sendai station. We went straight to the north, and attempted to climb on Mt. Hayachine, but the weather did not seem well. Then we changed the plan, and went to Mt. Akitakomagatake, where the weather was expected better. 

We parked the car at Arupa Komakusa.

This was the place I stayed at night when I was paddling at Obonai.

We rode on a bus to the trailhead. 30 minutes riding.

The weather did not look well, but the forecast called cloudy, not rainy.

Nice view of Tazawa lake.

Arrived at the peak in 50 minutes.

It was very cold and windy. Couldn't believe it was almost 40 celsius in Tokyo last week.

Nice volcanic view of Amidaike lake.


We didn't go to another peak, as it was cold.

Came back to the trailhead at 16:05, 45 minutes for descending.

Then we visited Obonai power station, where I was paddling several times in summer season.

It's been 9 years since I paddled last time.
2 and half outlets were working.

The wave looks good.

I became unsure any more, that it is really good or not, but good to be back here. 

Our original plan was staying at a campsite, but I got a work to do at night.
We lodged and enjoyed dinner. Then I had to work for four hours...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cycling-Day 84-Okusawa/Shoin shrine

Windy day.

Day 84, 386 days for cycling, total distance 24,038.7km, total climb 256,229m
Okusawa/Shoin shrine 11:24-12:37
Distance today 16.4km, climb 13m, duration 1:1, avg speed 16.0km/h, burned 476kcal
Gear: SPECIALIZED DOLCE
454 days since injury, 423 days since surgery

I wanted to go riding to Tamagawa today, but it was very windy, over 10m/s. Then I go buying lunch to the bakery as usual, but the bakery was closed.
I thought this store would be always open. I didn't realize it was closed for their summer vacation.
Then I tried another one.
Good to buy some bread at the bakery. The way back was terrible for the strong against wind.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cycling-Day 83-Enoshima direct

A long ride after a while.

I have a business lunch today, and I have to come back by then. I got up at 5am and departed early.

Day 83, 385 days for cycling, total distance 24,108.7km, total climb 257,316m
Enoshima direct 5:16-10:56
Distance today 102.9km, climb 1,113m, duration 5:15, avg speed 19.6km/h, burned 2,249kcal
Gear: SPECIALIZED DOLCE
452 days since injury, 421 days since surgery

Today I directly go to Enoshima, instead of stopping by Samukawa shrine as usual. I got a wrong load twice as I usually go to Tamagawa or Enoshima with consciousness.

I have to go back to the right load.

Arrived at Enoshima in 2 hours 30 minutes.


My favorite cafe was not open.

I wanted to eat breakfast at Enoshima, but it was too early today.


On the way back I stopped by a patisserie.


Outbound was cool but inbound it got hot.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cycling-Day 82-Tokyo city

Short riding before the rain.

I wanted to go riding far, but it was raining heavily in the morning. The weather still looks no good, but I gotta go now.

Day 82, 384 days for cycling, total distance 23,938.4km, total climb 255,498m
Tokyo city 12:44-15:05
Distance today 35.4km, climb 408m, duration 1:41, avg speed 20.9km/h, burned 838kcal
Gear: SPECIALIZED DOLCE
450 days since injury, 419 days since surgery

Short riding to Toyotama crossing on Kannana street, and then returning to the south. Stopping by a coffee stand in Yoyogi park.

Short break.

Then buying some bread at my favorite bakery.

It was raining yet after I went home. I would have been able to go far.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cycling-Day 81-Hibiya

Three trips between Tokyo and Hibiya.

Day 81, 383 days for cycling, total distance 23,874.2km, total climb 254,901m
Hibiya 11:16-17:38
Distance today 6.7km, climb 219m, duration 14:22, avg speed 10.4km/h, burned 214kcal
Gear: DoCoMo Bikke
438 days since injury, 407 days since surgery

I had a meeting at Tokyo Station. After the meeting I got riding to Hibiya. Marunouchi bike pool had two bikes but all two were malfunctioning. I called a support desk but they could not help. After hanging, I found another new one was parked.

I could use this. Arrived at Hibiya.

The weather was not so bad. Riding back to Tokyo.

After the meeting I rode back to Hibiya again.

I wanted to set meetings more efficiently, but it was good for riding.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cycling-Day 80-Hibiya

A riding for business from Hibiya to Tokyo Station.

Day 80, 382 days for cycling, total distance 23,863.5km, total climb 254,532m
Hibiya 16:17-16:31
Distance today 2.6km, climb 69m, duration 14:13, avg speed 10.9km/h, burned 79kcal
Gear: DoCoMo Bikke
437 days since injury, 406 days since surgery