Saturday, August 31, 2013

Trekking-Day 4-Mt. Karamatsu

A short trekking to Mt. Karamatsu.
Day 4 Mt. Karamatsu 9:00-12:17
Distance today 10.7km, climb 924m, duration 3:17, avg speed 3.3km/h, burned 1,098kcal

The forecast of this weekend changed a lot, but at the end it becomes a sunny day.
Mt. Karamatsu is in our sight, where we go today.

Hakuba three summits are also in our sights.

At 9:00 start trekking.

We walked fast, and passed through Happo-ike at 9:24.

The trekking was very smooth. We reached on Maruyama ridge line at 10am.

At Karamatsu hut at 10:23.

Then we arrived at the peak of Mt. Karamatsu at 10:34.

It is a shame that I could not make it in 1 hour and half.
I could not do any exercise last weekend, which slowed down my pace.

It was very windy at there.
We left the peak very quickly.
Black and thick clouds are coming.
The forecast says a sunny day, but it is not in the mountain.

At 11:15 Maruyama ridge line.

Today there is few trekkers due to the bad weather yesterday and the fog today.
Then we could go very quickly without passing each other.

At 11:48 at Happo-ike.

Then we came back to the start point at 12:17.
It also took about 1 hour and half on the way back.

I like Mt. Karamatsu, for a short trekking before lunch.
It is a shame to leave such nice breeze.

Soba noodle for lunch at Hotaru.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cycling-Day 10-Karuizawa/Nagatoro(217.6km)

A ride over 200km after a long time.


Day 10, 126days for cycling, total distance 9,070.7km, total climb 126,063m
Karuizawa/Nagatoro 6:10-22:34
Distance today 217.6km, climb 1,153m, duration 15:28, avg speed 337.4km/h, burned 4,823kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520

Obon season comes. Japanese people visit ancestors grave in Obon.
Today I go to Karuizawa, where my ancestors grave is.

I woke up in the morning as I planned, but I found my mobile phone was not charged. The charger was plugged off.
I need the mobile phone for Shikansen ride (a mobile ticketing) and also in an emergency case.
I plugged in and charged for 20 minutes.

Leaving at 6:10. Riding to Tokyo station.


Arriving at Tokyo station in 50 minutes.

The construction was almost finished and it became organized.

I wanted to catch a train 30 minutes later than I planned, but it does not stop at Karuizawa.
I did not realized there is a train not stopping at Karuizawa.
Then, I had to ride a train 1 hour later than planned.


Arriving at Karuizawa at a few minutes to 9:30 am.

Shinkansen was very crowded and many passengers were standing.

Breakfast at my favorite cafe.

Nice terrace.

Maybe I should skip breakfast and quickly go to catch up the schedule, but I really love this cafe.
I cannot skip this place.

Then I visited the grave.
If I would catch the train 1 hour earlier, I do not buy flowers because a florist is not open.
But this time it is already open, and I have to by flowers for ancestors.
As the florist is a little far, I have to spend another a few 10 minutes.

Leaving Karuizawa at 10:40.

It was cooler in the morning, but it is getting hotter.

Usui pass.
I will miss this nice cool breeze. I am descending to the hot air.
Many road bikers were hiking up there.

Meganebashi bridge.


Passing through Tomioka city at noon. It is smooth so far.

Usually it is hot around here, but nice breeze could help me from hyperthermia.

At 13:07 entering to Saitama prefecture.


At Kodama at 13:41. I left the route 254 and turned to Nagatoro.

There is a famous shaved ice restaurant in Nagatoro.
It is good that a bicycle can turn easily and make a short cut.

I was exhausted on the way and slowed down.

Arriving at Nagatoro at 3pm.

Asami Reizo, a famous shaved ice restaurant.
However there were long long cues and it took 1 hour even for to go.
Last year it took only 2 minutes.

I expected this somehow, and I gave up.

People are watching along the rail track.


SL comes.

It is very late for me, as I see this SL inbound.

Kotaki rapid, where I used to paddle.

I saw a few kayaker descending.

I had my leg cramp and had to slow down.

At Yorii at 16:10 back to the route 254.

I could be here just 1 hour from Kodama, if I would not go to Nagatoro.

Tamayodo dam.


Today I tried Arakawa cycling road instead of going straight on R254.
The cycling road can take me without ascending.
R254 has some ascending and I was looking for alternatives.

Heavy traffic on KanEtsu highway.


It was far to the cycling road, and I came at 17:45 at the entrance.


I should go to Tokyo with smooth run from here.
The question is how far I can go before it gets dark.
It is already getting dark.


The leg cramp came again. A certain positioning brings a cramp, and getting off the bike brings another cramp.

I wanted DNF (do not finish = giving up in the middle) several times, but I had to drag the bike to the nearest station with my cramp anyway. Also it will be painful to carry the bike at the station.

Now I managed riding some how.

At Kawagoe at 7pm.

It got completely dark. I could not see the train and I could not run on the trail any more.
If I came 1 hour earlier, I could finish the trail.

Going back to R254 again, which is another long way.

Keep going and reached to KanNana street at 21:22.


My goodness! There are stairs!.


Coming back to the start point at 22:36. It's been 16 hours and half since I left.


Google map told me it should be 190km, but in the reality it was 217km.
A long ride, but it was a full day.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cycling-Day 9-Kurobishi(23.9km)

Ride in Hakuba, a hot day.


Day 9, 125days for cycling, total distance 8,853.0km, total climb 124,910m
Kurobishi 10:06-12:03
Distance today 23.9km, climb 1,167m, duration 1:47, avg speed 13.4km/h, burned 684kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE Today's route

Today I wanted to go hiking, but the weather was not good yesterday, and it did not look good either in the morning.

But the sky is blue now, and the ridge lines are clearly seen. I should go hiking today.

I go riding to Kurobishi today.

A new resort hotel is under construction at Sakka.

I wonder there is its demand.

Kurobishi chair lift #2. 46 minutes so far.

It is quicker than the last time.

On a powder day in winter we drop from this tree.

59 minutes so far.

Then I arrived at Cafeteria Kurobishi in 1 hour and 13 minutes.

It is a little quicker than the last time.

Three summits are almost seen.

The air is cool.

The descending was very cool.

Sunflowers at the parking lot #5.


Nice short ride for the day.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

MTB-Day 5-Matsumoto(8.6/184.8km)

Day 5, 15days for MTB cycling, total distance 184.8km, total climb 5,139m
Matsumoto 8:31-10:51
Distance today 8.6km, climb 30m, duration 2:20, avg speed 9.4km/h, burned 98kcal

MTB riding with 51-san after a long time.

We had two rides.
The first one was not too good, as it was after a long time.
After my eye lines were adjusted, I could ride smoothly.

Thanks to 51-san.

After riding I went back to Hakuba and went to Hotaru, a soba noodle restaurant.


Then a relaxing time in Coffee Senjyu.


For dinner we went to Tako Taco.