Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cycling-Day 24-Tokyo short trip(46.1km)

The sky is gray, but I am gonna be riding before it gets rain in next few hours.


Day 24, 212 days for cycling, total distance 16,218.5km, total climb 196,649m
Tokyo short trip 13:16-16:04
Distance today 46.1km, climb 147m, duration 2:33, avg speed 18.0km/h, burned 1,039kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE

Heading to the North along Kannana street.


Coming to Nerima area, and stopped by a bakery.

The show case was almost empty as there was a local festival. I bought a piece.

Going to the East along Kawagoe street.


Then turned to Yamate street for another bakery.


Short but good ride before the typhoon comes.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cycling-Day 23-Tama River(100.0km)

The forecast calls the bad weather tomorrow.

Go riding Friday afternoon.

Day 23, 211 days for cycling, total distance 16,226.4km, total climb 196,499m
Tama River 13:58-19:41
Distance today 100.0km, climb 145m, duration 4:12, avg speed 23.8km/h, burned 2,055kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE

Leaving at 13:58. The air is a little hot.

The cycling road is vacant in weekdays.

I expected the best rap on the vacant road.

Arriving in 1 hour 54 minutes, for my best rap.

I did not make it less than 2 hours in the past. It is amazing to short more than 10 minutes.
I would never make as good as this rap.

There was a rock festival at Kanizaka park.

I did not know about this but I realized this is a very famous festival.

I stopped by my favorite dinner.

I could have the weekday menu, which I cannot take usually.

I left the dinner just before 5pm.
My shadow got longer.

I have to get out the cycling road before it gets dark.

Coming back to Keiokaku.

The sun is going down.

Futakotamagawa.
I could successfully get out of the cycling road before it gets dark.

It is good that the daytime is still longer.

I stopped by a Giant store to repair my rear wheel.

I had to wait for more than 30 minutes as two bikes are to be repaired before me.

I came home after it got dark.

Good ride for 100km before it rains in the weekend.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cycling-Day 22-Enoshima(118.4km)

Riding along Shonan coast as my tradition.


Day 22, 210 days for cycling, total distance 16,144.7km, total climb 196,491m
Enoshima 9:30-17:12
Distance today 118.4km, climb 282m, duration 6:17, avg speed 18.8km/h, burned 2,594kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE

Left home at 9:30.


Marukobashi bridge.


Arriving at Samukawa Shrine in 2 hours 20 minutes just like my routine.


Crossing Sagamigawa river.

I was running to Yamanakako lake, the origin of Sagamigawa river, last week.

The beach.


Route 134 was busy and I cound run fast.


Arriving at Enoshima,

in 3 hours 45 minutes, slower than usual due to the traffic.

Enoshima was also busy.


Mt. Fuji was in my sight.

It is not usual to be able to see Mt. Fuji in the summer weather.

Lunch at my favorite cafe.

Nice breeze at the terrace.

Thick clouds are approaching when I left the cafe,

but I could make it without the rain on the way back.


Back into Marukobashi bridge in 6 hours 50 minutes.

Back home after buying bread as my tradition.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cycling-Day 21-Tokyo short trip(46.4km)

A short ride in Tokyo.


Day 21, 209 days for cycling, total distance 15,954.3km, total climb 196,592m
Tokyo short trip 11:07-15:32
Distance today 46.4km, climb 665m, duration 3:11, avg speed 14.6km/h, burned 1,165kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE

I rode for 200km yesterday and I would not ride today, but I am not too exhausted.
Let's go for a short ride.

It was not so hot in downtown.


I saw many foreigners in Otemachi. It's good see guests here, as this town is usually vacant in weekends.


Eidaibashi bridge to the East.


I stopped by Blue Bottle Coffee Cafe.

It was a boom when this place was open but I have never been here.

Waffle and coffee.

The waiting cue stayed in the store, and I did not have to wait for a long time.

Going to the North to Asakusa.

It was not so crowded either.

One of famous foods in Asakusa, Melon bread (it does not taste melon, only the shape).

Nice to have the fresh baked one.

I moved to the West to Shinjuku.

I got something to visit there.

I bought some pieces of bread on the way back.


The average speed is really slow as many traffic signals stop in Tokyo, but it is good to ride once in a while.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cycling-Day 20-Doshi-Michi Road/Yamanakako Lake(198.6km)

To Yamanakako lake.


Day 20, 208 days for cycling, total distance 16,060.0km, total climb 196,856m
Doshi-Michi Road/Yamanakako Lake 5:00-16:47
Distance today 198.6km, climb 1,594m, duration 9:37, avg speed 20.6km/h, burned 4,148kcal
Gear: GIANT DEFY COMPOSITE SE

Yamanakako Lake, many collage students use this place for summer camps. I also stayed here for my summer camp when I was a collage student.
Route 413, AKA "Doshi-Michi Road", is a back road to the lake and also known as a hill climbing road for bike riders.
I should try this road.

I got up at 4:30 a.m. and started at 5 a.m.


Entering to Tamagawa Cycling Road in 35 minutes,


and reached to Sekido-bashi bridge in 1 hour 10 minutes, to Tama-Center Street.


Tama Center Street leads to Machida Street, and finally I reached to Route 413 in Hashimoto in 2 hours.



Arriving at Shiroyama dam at 7:40, in 2 hours 40 minutes, 50km so far.

The route gets ascending.

Route 413 turns twice at the beginning. I missed a cross point.



The highest point of this road in Kanagawa Prefecture at 8:40, 1 hour from Shiroyama dam.
The elevation is 451m, but it is not enough at all. The highest point of the entire road is at 1,100m, that I have to climb up.

I descent a little from here, and crossed the border between Kanagawa Prefecture and Yamanashi Prefecture.

Arriving at Kubo suspension bridge at 9:10, 1 hour half from Shiroyama dam.

Many bike riders take photos with their bikes like this.

The road becomes flatter.


Arriving at Michi-no-eki, Road Station Doushi, at 9:45, in 2 hours from Shiroyama dam.

This is the last aid station to the highest point. I bough a bottle of drink and took a short break.
It is still before 10 a.m. but the station became crowded.

Finally arriving at Yamabushi pass, the highest point at 10:33, in 2 hours 50 minutes from Shiroyama dam.

I thought the pass would be 3-4km further.

Descending to Yamanakako lake.

The road was full of cars in the summer vacation season.
I can run through on my bike.

Yamanakako lake.

Arriving at 11 a.m., 100km from my home in 6 hours.
Mt. Fuji is behind the clouds.

But the peak appeared through the clouds.


I just return without visiting anywhere.

Yamabushi pass again, at 11:30.

I just go descending all the way.


Returning at Michi-no-eki Doshi station at 11:50. Descending needs only 20 minutes.

The station got more crowded than 1 hour half ago.
I took a short break with some foods.

It got hotter as I descend.

It was not so hot when I ascent. I recommend to climb here in earlier time.
I saw many bike riders ascending on the way back but they look hard.

Arriving at the highest point of this road in Kanagawa again, at 1 p.m.

The duration looks same between ascending to the station and descending from the station.

Came back to Shiroyama dam at 1:45 p.m.


The same road leads to Sekido-bashi bridge at 3:12 p.m.


I saw these chairs the day before yesterday.


Came back home at 4:47 p.m. It was still in day light.

I thought this road would be tougher than Hakone, but it was actually easier.

The elevation is higher, but the slope is more gentle.