Monday, June 30, 2014

Cycling-Day 4-Karuizawa(177.2km)

My regular route from Karuizawa to Tokyo.

Day 4, 139days for cycling, total distance 10,252.1km, total climb 144,212m
Karuizawa 5:23-17:08
Distance today 177.2km, climb 1,778m, duration 8:48, avg speed 20.1km/h, burned 3,699kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520
Today's route

Today the weather was expected good. I had a ride from Karuizawa to Tokyo, with visiting my ancestors' grave.

At 5:23 the activity started.

Riding in the morning cool air to Tokyo station.

Arriving in Tokyo for one hour riding.

Riding to Shinkansen, or a bullet train with dismounted bicycle.
It was just before the departure and I could not take a picture.

Arriving at Karuizawa around 7:30.

Visiting my ancestors' grave.
Riding through the nice morning light through trees.

Leaving Karuizawa at 8:30.

A long long way home.
Looks like raining ahead.

Megane-bashi, or a glasses-shaped bridge at 8:44.

It was good not to be raining.

Arriving at Tomioka Silk Mill at 10am, which has just been nominated for a UNESCO World Heritage.

Many visitors were there even in a weekday.
I have visited here before, and just watched the many visitors today.

Entering to Saitama prefecture at 11am.

A factory for a very famous ice candy, Gari-Gari-kun.

Today I was always running with black clouds behind me, but not rainy.
Cold winds always blew against me, which could cool me down but it was very tough to run against the winds all the way.

I had to have short breaks several times, which is not usual to me.

At 13:40, Higashi-Matsuyama Ramp.

So far good pace.

I kept running all the way and reached to Kan-Nana street.

The clouds above the street are called "Kan-Nana clouds", which were made by a thermal from the central Tokyo with exhausted gas from the many cars in the street.

I could come back at 17:15, before raining.

I feel a little exhausted as a long ride after a long time.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My sweets -Day 2(Ginza Senbikiya)

2nd day for this season

June and July is one of the gift seasons in Japa, which is called "Ochu-gen".
Many gifts are available in the catalog list and I ordered the mango tarte in the list for our home use.

It has rich fruity mango on the tarte.
The cake was delivered frozen, but the tarte became soft after the longer chilled time.
It should be served right after defrosted.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My sweets -Day 1(Pattiserie Jun Ujita)

No posting for a long time, although enjoying sweets often.
(Left) Chocolat Pistache 530yen
Soft sponge surrounds the cream with crushed pistachio on the top. Soft touch with little flavor of chocolate and pistachio.

(Right) Tarte Fruits 480yen
Refreshing sour taste of mango fruit and crispy base.

Pattiserie Jun Ujita, 4-6-6 Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cycling-Day 3-Tama River(95.6km)

Day 3, 138days for cycling, total distance 10,074.8km, total climb 142,434m
Tama River 7:01-11:59
Distance today 95.6km, climb 1,089m, duration 4:35, avg speed 20.8km/h, burned 2,094kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520
Today's route

Refreshing morning.

My first ride in Tokyo in this season.

Maruko-bashi bridge.

Today I ran along the Tama River.

I could see Mt. Fuji.

Looks like enough snow to ski.

I wanted to have some snacks at the Seven Eleven of Yotsuya, but

The store was closed. I lost an aid point.
Also I left foods with me.

2 hours 20 minutes to Hamura dam.

I could not eat anything so far. I got hundger-knocked.

On the way back I see the closed store again.

I ran by 11 a.m. without any food.
Very hard run.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Cycling-Day 2-Shirasawa Pass(13.8km)

Day 2, 137days for cycling, total distance 9,979.2km, total climb 141,345m
Shirasawa Pass 13:47-14:34
Distance today 13.8km, climb 1,561m, duration 23:31, avg speed 17.4km/h, burned 332kcal

I wanted to ride on MTB today, but the rainy season has just begun. The trail must be muddy. We got some sun light in Hakuba, and we went out for a short ride to Shirosawa pass.

I made a great effor to make the best rap in 37'30"

I am totally exhausted. I cannot run within 35 minutes. We got some rain fall on the way back.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ski day 64 at Tateyama

The last ski of the season?

64th day for this ski season, 23 days for powder, 21 days for backcountry, telemark for 13 days
Tateyama 7:40-11:45

Continue from Ski day 63 at Tateyama

We started after breakfast.

The terrain was frozen in the night and the surface was still hard.

I became unable to climb on my skins, and

and I attached ski crampons I bought a few weeks ago.

This is the first time to use them.

I could climb up smoothly,

but the terrain was still hard.

We took a long break until the surface becomes soft enough.

About 1 hour and half later, we started climbing again.

The last part was walking on crampons.

We ski down here.

The angle is more than 45 degrees.

The higher part was good enough, but

The lower part with many trails did not melt enough.

We quit here.

This will be the last run of the season.

We miss the snow.

We left Tateyama.

Cheers to the good season.

The Alpine route was very crowded.

The cargo of the rope way was leaning front because of the passengers.