Saturday, December 30, 2017

Cycling-Day 63-Enoshima


I set an alarm at 6 a.m. but it was still dark. I slept again and departed at 7:12.
Really chilly, probably +1 celceous.

Day 63, 302 days for cycling, total distance 20,855.3km, total climb 229,196m
Enoshima 7:12-15:25
Distance today 123.9km, climb 437m, duration 6:14, avg speed 19.9km/h, burned 2,694kcal
225 days since injury, 194 days since surgery

Marukobashi bridge.

This will be the last time to cross this bridge this year.

Today some unfamiliar traffic signals stopped me, and arrived in 2 hours 10 minutes, much slower than usual.

They are preparing the new years' visit*.

*A Japanese tradition to visit a temple or a shrine on the new years day to wish the luck of the new year.

Beautiful view of Mt. Fuji from Sagami river.

Looks like thin snow.


I saw a fishing boat here, but it seems stored somewhere for year ending.

Arriving in 1 hour to Enoshima.

The view of Mt. Fuji was also nice from here.

I wanted to eat breakfast menu but it was already finished.
Lunch burger as usual, but I added avocado today.

Hiking up to Oofuna Kannon on the way back.

I was often seeing this statue from the platform at Ofuna station, but this is the first time to hike up.

I stopped by Kawasakidaishi temple on the way back to buy Matsukazari, or a new year pine decoration.

They are preparing the new year visit, too.

Kuzumochi, or sticky jelly with black sugar sauce.

The pine decoration was not available there.
These are the different decorations.

I said thanks of the year at the favorite bakery.

I came here very often and bought a lot.

Today the total duration was longer for stopping by some places.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cycling-Day 62-Tama River(Hamura Dam)

A routine riding on Tamagawa.

Day 62, 301 days for cycling, total distance 20,707.7km, total climb 228,715m
Tama River(Hamura Dam) 9:08-14:33
Distance today 100.1km, climb 394m, duration 4:15, avg speed 23.5km/h, burned 2,035kcal
222 days since injury, 191 days since surgery

Hustled against wind to Hamura in 2 hours 2 minutes.

Couldn't break the 2-hours-barrier.

Beautiful ginkgo trees a month ago have already fallen leaves.

Weekday plate at my favorite burger restaurant.

Stopping by a very popular patisserie in weekday.

And buying bread at my favorite bakery as usual.

Exhausted riding due to faster pace.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Cycling-Day 61-Kyobashi-Shinagawa

Day 61, 300 days for cycling, total distance 20,515.8km, total climb 228,159m
Kyobashi-Shinagawa 12:21-14:26
Distance today 8.3km, climb 231m, duration 14:46, avg speed 12.8km/h, burned 235kcal
Gear: DoCoMo Bikke
221 days since injury, 190 days since surgery

Job "hopping" as usual.

Leaving Kyobashi.

To Mita. Returning a bicycle here.

After a meeting I borrowed a bicycle again to Shinagawa.

Crossing under the rail tracks.

Very low clearance.

It was really scared to ride on bike even for me, a very short man. I pushed the bicycle.

Shinagawa station.

There were many many bicycles.
I believe it is not easy for the operator to manage such uneven bike pools.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Cycling-Day 60-Tokyo city

Day 60, 299 days for cycling, total distance 20,509.8km, total climb 227,866m
Tokyo city 10:35-11:57
Distance today 10.5km, climb 169m, duration 19:50, avg speed 14.3km/h, burned 264kcal
220 days since injury, 189 days since surgery

Lots of matters to finish in year ending.

If not, I would rather go riding further, but it was very windy anyway.

Hopping from a post office to a bank office.

Then a bakery.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hawaii -day 6-Home

Continued from Hawaii -day 5-Kailua.

Looks like the good weather today as well.
It's a shame to leave today.

Pick up time is 9a.m., and I wanted to eat Egg Benedict at Orchid before we leave.

A friend of mine asked me to buy an Hermes wallet late last night, but the duty free stores were already closed. I tried to find the stores in the airport, but there not so many.
You should finish shopping in the city.

The food and beverages at the lounge was poor.

The chance of a business class for private trip will not come soon.

Nice view of Waikiki.

The clouds were thick before landing, but we could see Mt. Fuji.

I planned to be relaxing and brought books and DVDs but I was busy for visiting sightseeing spots for the first time.
I shall return.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hawaii -day 5-Kailua

Continued from Hawaii -day 4-North Shore.

Looks like the good weather today as well.
Breakfast at Orchid.

Looks gorgeous and it was really delicious. The price is $14, not much expensive as it costs appx. $11 at Boots & Kimo's.

I hiked to Diamondhead after breakfast.

Challenged to go and see Kailua beach again, where we could not see two days ago.

Lunch at Prima, in the same mall of Whole Foods.

Good to have thin pizza.

We love the paintings of Ray Charles and David Bowie(not in this picture), and the background musics of 80's there.

We visited the beach again.

Loving this white sand.

I walked around Waikiki while my wife was taking beauty care.

Stopping by a coffee shop.

Sunset in Waikiki.

Nice view.

I wanted to take a photo like this.

Dinner at Tommy Bahama.

Last dinner in Hawaii.
Missing this nice stay.
298 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815

Walking around in Waikiki night.

Marugame Udon had a long long queue.

Buying coconuts sorbet at Henry's place.

Hand writing flavor one by one.

Continued to Hawaii -day 6-Home.

Trekking-Day 1-Diamond Head

The first hiking activity after the ACL surgery.

Going up to Diamond Head.

Day 1
Diamond Head 9:48-10:45
Distance today 3.1km, climb 130m, duration 0:44, avg speed 4.2km/h, burned 193kcal
Today's route
217 days since injury, 186 days since surgery

CAUTION! The duration in this article is due to my experiences and physical strength, and much shorter than the standard course time. Please plan by yourself considering your own experiences and physical strength when you plan to walk the course.

6 months passed after the ACL surgery. I planned to hike up to Diamond Head, as the doctor advised me to understand the risks.
I also planned to see the sunrise, but was not sure if I could come back before the breakfast.

Departed after the breakfast. 20 minutes driving to the parking lot.

The lot was full but I could get in after 5 minutes.

Started walking at 9:48.

The trail after the pavement.

but it was not steep. I could walk in the same pace before the surgery.

The winding trails go up.

There were many hikers but I could pass through.
The last steps to the peak.

There was a queuing.

The spiral stairs to the peak.

There is another way to the peak.

Arriving at the peak in 20 minutes,

while the standard course time is 1 hour.

The view to the hotel.

Very nice view.

It was drizzling on the way, and it brought us the rainbow.

Coming down home.

I got some cramp. My muscles were weakened after the surgery, despite of rehabilitation exercises.

Carefully walking down not to put my left knee inside.
The descent trail was busy.

It was good not to hurry.

Descending took longer than ascending, the duration was 24 minutes.

My left knee doesn't hurt, but my thighs pumped.
Training related to hiking will be required.