Day 3, 57days for cycling, total distance 2,947.7km, total climb 38,918m Tama 13:17-16:23 Distance today 42.9km, climb 329m, duration 2:47, avg speed 15.4km/h, burned 1,244kcal Gear: Eurasia 520 Route today.
National holidays, when I was supposed to go skiing.
Enjoying skiing would be inappropriate in such a situation, but I have no skills or no power to help the damaged area but praying. My passing from skiing may reduce consumption which slows down the economy, in the other hand. First of all, I have no gasoline now.
Well, probably I should go out biking rather than spending electricity at home.
After passing Marukobashi bridge, I turned to Fuchu street, not to Tamagawa Cylcling Road.
A gas station at Fuchu street.
Closed after sold out.
Another open station had a long cue.
The cue continued behind me.
I found a sign board "Nihon Minkaen" or Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum.
Unfortunately it was closed due to the security check after the quake.
I went up to Tamagawabara-bashi bridge, then turned to Tamagawa Cycling Road.
The peaceful scene made me relaxed, during such depressing days. Tamagawa Cycling Road was as usual with bike riders and walkers.
I wanted to see PEACE TOKYO, while it is closed in winter time.
No houses left and completely removed.
As of March 20, the open date is not confirmed yet. I hope it will be opened again this year.
I bought some cakes at a patisserie.
Although the riding was short, it made me relaxed and refreshed. Reading twitter everyday made me nervous and think too much, which may bring my mind unhealthy.
Riding my bike in open air without reading twitter or emails allowed me meditate well. Let's go out and see the sun and the blue sky, then you may feel good!
Day 2, 56days for cycling, total distance 2,904.8km, total climb 38,589m Shibuya 12:19-15:40 Distance today 16.7km, climb 129m, duration 1:46, avg speed 9.4km/h, burned 612kcal Gear: Eurasia 520 Route today。
The rolling blackout brings troubles to train operations in Tokyo.
I had work to do today. Inbound could be ok, but outbound would be suspended due to the outage. My car is not available for fuel shortage. Then bicycle would be the best choice.
The town becomes more stable now.
As soon as I entered into a bank to pay a tax, the earthquake alert rang and I was frozen. The clerks would be surprised that a stranger was frozen as soon as entered.
I wanted to buy something there but I could not find a parking space.
Next was Shibuya. I had done one of my works then went to Mont Bell, an outdoor store.
I bought a head light because my wife's family wanted to have it for the rolling blackout. Mont Bell said the head light was sold out once, but the stock was filled up while a flash light is sold out at any stores. I recommend to use a head light instead of a flash light. A head light let you use your hands in case of accident.
I went home with searching a lunch space.
Mishuku could be nice to have a lunch at a cozy cafe, but the price was high. Then I traveled around to Gakugei Daigaku (almost close to home) and had McDonald at the end.
Very comfortable transportation. I want to use bicycle for work if I would not need to ware suit or carry a brief case.
I got a forecast that it would snow Wednesday night. I managed to finish my work and came to Hakuba last night. But there was few fresh snow on the road.
It was same in the morning. Mmm, I probably missed and then attempted to go sleep again, but should wait for the renew of Cortina web site.
It said the fresh snow was 40cm. I doubted but left for Cortina, just in case.
I arrived at Cortina and found the roof was white. A good sign.
Then another concern was lift suspension for avalanche risk. The ticket window said it was under investigation. I was waiting for the final decision while other people bought tickets. I did not waste money.
The announce seemed to say lift #4 had started, but not sure. I asked a staff then he said it was for lift #3. He said #4 was still under investigation. Then I was still waiting, but....
Somebody was coming down Hieda course! Hey, lift #4 had already started!!
The staff cheated me.
I rushed to buy the ticket and headed to the top. Well, it's ok to be late. I gave up to get the first track at Hieda when I decided to wait for the final condition.
The snow let me run fast without hitting the bottom. Clear view. Probably the best one at Cortina in this season.
A few runs at the ski area and then also ran in the back side. It was authentic.
After hours, the snow became heavy because of the sunshine.
I jumped in the back side and landed to a tree pocket. What a mess.
After that I went to Area A again, but it was already finished.
Probably I should quit one run before in good memories.