Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lotus antique garden and Karuizawa

We get up early and go to Lotus antique garden to see lotus flowers. Lotus flower come very early in the morning.

The garden has wooden bridges over pounds but most of them are closed due to the typhoon. We could not approach beautiful flowers unfortunately.

My wife is disappointed that she cannot take good pictures.

After it we go to Karuizawa to visit my family ancesters' grave.

Then we visited a cafe, where we always visit in Karuizawa.

After the cafe we bought some at the Karuizawa Outlet mall.

Ice cream.

We started very early and did efficiently.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cycling-Day 17-Tokyo Bay around(209.2/4,170.6km)

Day 17, 71days for cycling, total distance 4,170.6km, total climb 50,929m
Tamagawa and Haneda 5:00-19:24
Distance today 209.2km, climb 1,427m, duration 11:28, avg speed 18.2km/h, burned 6,112kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520

Route today.

Today I attempt to go around Tokyo Bay. I get up early and leave at 5:00 am.

I try to run along the bay side as much as possible and choose Route 15. at 5:26am.

5:36 Heiwajima. Route 15 goes to the right and that way is much shorter. But I go to the left to run the bay side.

5:49 Taishi bashi bridge. I checked this route last week.

6:33 Yokohama, Minatomirai.

30 minutes late as usual after I chose the longer route.

6:46 Yamashita Park at Yokohama port.

Few people are seen.
I have to go further to catch a ferry across the Tokyo bay. It runs every hour and I have to wait for an hour if I miss it.

7:34 At Isogo, south of Yokohama city, I find my front tire got flat.

I am not good at the repair.
I usually bring the spair tube, but it is difficult to put the tire into the rim.
After setting the tire, my pump got broken!! Very unlucky.
I thought I had to give up here, but I found a gas station and borrowed a pump.

I lost an hour. The ferry will be the next one. If I take it one hour later, the arrival at home will be much later. I thought I should give up, but I continued.

I speed up and could catch the next one.

Arrived at the ferry port at 10:00. The ferry leaves at 10:20.

This is the first time to get on a ferry with a bike.

I go into the ferry on the bike.

Yokosuka curry bread for my breakfast. I was running for 75km without eating.

After the meal I took a rest. It is good to take a rest.

Many cargo ships are running in the bay.

I am the only cyclist today.

11:05 Landing on Kanaya port.

Now, this is the real start. 120km away to home.

Looks calm and pastoral on the other side of the bay.

Against winds are too strong for me to run. 20km/h is the maximum.

Futtsu Point.

Very windy.

It was a nightmare after Futtsu Point. I drink all and cannot find any stores or even vending machines, because the area is a petrochemical complex.

The road looks easy to run,

But the against wind is very strong. 15km/h is at the maximum.
I got thirsty and hungry. A piece of power bar I bring saved me.

I found a convenience store. It is the true oaysis.

I pitched a piece of bread and jerry.

Kisarazu, an exit of Tokyo bay tunnel. If I would give up here, I could go home very easily by bus.

Go on, go on.

After Kisarazu, I cannot find a store either, bacause it is also other complex.

Also very strong against winds discourge me.
It hurts me mentally.

15:30 This building looks scarely like a ghost building.

AT Chiba city I go into Route 357 with the different direction. Now the against winds have gone, and I can run fast.

16:44 IKEA.

17:25 Tokyo Disneyland. Keep going.

17:54 I turn to the land side at Ariake.

Route 357 goes along the bay but a bicycle is prohibitted to go further.

18:03 Toyosu station

The bridge (Rainbow bridge) across the canal. A bicycle is also prohibitted there.

I made a record over 200km.

I returned the start point at Route 15 at 18:56 after 13 hours and half.

19:25 The tour ends with 209km run.

I probably will not do this again. The running along the complex is very tough without food or drink supply.

I was giving up many times today but the reason I kept running was,
because I never want to do this again.
If I would give up on the way, I would have to come back again and try.

Tips for followers;
1. If you start from Tokyo, you should catch the ferry at 9:20. The ferry at 10:20 is too late to come back.
2. It was not a good idea to run the bay road in Kawasaki city. It is not fun and the way is much longer.
3. Supply enough food and dring at Futtsu city and Ichihara city. No food or dring is supplied between the cities.
(actually there are some convenience stores on the other side of the road but it is bothersome to cross the road)
4. Run carefully on Route 357, as cars run very fast.
5. Try to run Kaigan dori in Tokyo in daylight. Due to the energy save it is dark.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My sweets -Day 27(SanYudo)

27 days for this season

A well-known Japanese cake brand in Takamatsu, "Kimamori" (A guardian of a persimmon tree)


Persimmon jam between crispy wafers.
Wasanbon suger made in Takamatsu is used for the wafers.

Kimamori, or a gurdian of a persimmon tree means a custom to harvest persimmon fruits. When you harvest persimmon fruits, you don't take all and leave only one fruit, which is called "Kimamori", looking like a guardian to watch the tree.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cycling-Day 16-Tamagawa and Haneda(34.7/3,961.4km)

Day 16, 70days for cycling, total distance 3,961.4km, total climb 49,502m
Tamagawa and Haneda 14:39-17:28
Distance today 34.7km, climb 335m, duration 2:7, avg speed 16.3km/h, burned 983kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520
Route today.

I wanted to leave early but could not wake up.
It was already late morning and got hot when I got up.
I would not go cycling today, and went out for late breakfast or lunch.
It was still hot but windy enough to cool down.

Well, should I go now?

It is already 14:39. I won't go far.

It is windy enough but it is hot.

Marugo bashi.

The light from the top of this photo shows how hot it is.

Today I go down to the mouth of Tamagawa.

The bridge of Route 1.

I have often been here when I go to Yokohama, but not been further from here.

Tall buildings in Kawasaki and meandering Tamagawa.

It is too windy to go. The strong wind cools down, but it is hard to run. It is like climbing a slope.

The bridge of Route 15. I came here yesterday on the way home.

The mouth is 3km away from there.

It is near to Haneda international airport.

International terminal.

It was not open yet last year when I came by bicycle.
Since then I used the terminal twice as a passenger.

I wanna be here by bicycle and flew oversea :-)

It becomes cool enough with shadows of buildings on the way back.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cycling-Day 15-Misaki port(146.6/3,926.6km)

Day 15, 69days for cycling, total distance 3,926.6km, total climb 49,167m
Misaki port 5:25-16:51
Distance today 146.6km, climb 1,333m, duration 9:1, avg speed 16.3km/h, burned 4,364kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520

Route today.

Today I want to go a little far and get up early.

My shadow is still long.

Maruko bashi bridge, where I always cross to the west.

My shadow is still long.

It's before 6 o'clock but it becomes hot.

6:45 Yokohama Minato mirai. I go further today.

I want to eat tuna fish at Misaki port. Misaki port is located at the south end of Miura Peninsula, where tuna fishes are unloaded. Almost 70km away from Tokyo.

I run on Route 16. The road is almost flat. Be careful of tunnels.

8:01 "Misaki" is found in a traffic signboard after Yokosuka city.

9:17 Mirua kaigan beach.

Beautiful sea.

Bike and the sea. Good photo.

10:06 Arriving at Misaki port.

71km from home, 4 hours and half.

Now the time for tuna fish!! But most of restaurants are not open yet...
Most of them open at 11am.

Killing time to run around.

Jogashima island.

After running around I go to the restaurant I wanted to go. Some guest are already there. I should come earlier and drop my name on the waiting list.

I have a seat soon, but my meal comes late since a big party comes before me.

3 assortments of tuna, 1500yen. Nice!!

Now, 4 hours and half to come, eat tuna, and go home for 5 hours.

Summer festival at Misaki port.

On the way back I use Route 134.

Highland of Miura city.

I like this scenery. Fields spread far, wide blue sky, looks like Spain.

Route 134 is along the beach.

It should be hot today, but very cool with sea winds.
This road is good for running. I should come here earlier.
But it is not good to run in the evening. In the evening the wind blows from the beach and sand comes into your eyes.

Mellow Yellow reminds my childhood.

The beach is crowded with swimmers.

13:37 Yuigahama, I say good-bye to the seaside road and turns to Kamakura. It is hot inland.

Hato sablé (pegion sablé) is a biscuit made in Kamakura.

I used to have it when I was a child as guest always brought it.

14:23 Kashiogawa river cycling road.

Very flat and no climbing.

16:00 Tama river. I become exhausted and slow down.

Today, my cycling was ending with good feel but road bikers hurry me up.
When I stopped at the railroad crossing (in Japan you must stop at the railroad crossing in Japan), the bikers passed me without stopping.
Other bikers passed me and spread out over the lane (in Japan a bike must run on the left of the lane in one line) and ignored red signals.

Their behaviors made me feel bad.

In general the running was very nice except it.