Day 3, or Wind & Wetsuits 〜 風とサーフィング


Day three of my “Big Fun” is already over. One day to go to the goal, and a weeklong pause in order to run the annual spring choir camp.

While pedaling along today I started to figure out how long it has been since I last rode this many days in a row. It seems it has been 45 years! If I wait another 45 years to do this I’ll be… well – one doesn’t like to think about such things. The last time I did as much consecutive riding was when I was a junior high school student, and my Boy Scout group rode around the Olympic Penninsula in Washington State, a trip of some 500 miles, or 800 km. I am encouraged by the sucess of this trip to do more of these extended rides.
ビッグライドの三日目が終わりました。明日も走りますが、明後日から聖歌隊の合宿先が始まります。そろそろ真面目な人間にならないといけません。

今日、今回ほどの長く走ったのはいつだろうと思い出そうとしました。なんと、45年前でした!ほぼ半世紀ぶり!?前回は中学生の頃、ボーイスカウトの団体と一緒にアメリカのワシントン州にあるオリンピック半島(ペニンシュラ)を一周しました。約800キロのコースで、キャンプをしながら行なった記憶があります。今回は成功しましたので、次回は45年待たずに、と思っています。

Today I rode only 65 km, from Shirako to Kamogawa where I am staying tonight. The Wind Gods did indeed smile on me, and I blew through the first half of the ride with a brisk tailwind. That part of the area wasn’t particularly picturesque, but I did see a dream boat, and a lovely temple, thanks to a slight detour.
今日、65キロしか走っていません(白子から鴨川まで)。昨日と違って、追い風を楽しみながら楽に走りました。最初の1時間は景色が特に良かったとは言えませんが、ドリームボートと古いお寺の発見がありました。(写真)





The atmosphere of the peninsula changed considerbly as I rode along. South from Shirako, surfing is the thing, with shops catering to the sport everywhere, and the beaches teeming with people in wetsuits. Another detour to the coast from the town of Onjuku brought me to a surfer’s paradise. Big waves, clear skies, warm temperatures. I’d like to share a video of the amazIng techniques I saw, but blogging on a cell phone has its limitations. It was impressive, though.
どんどん南へ進むと、半島の雰囲気がかなり変わりました。空き家や空き店舗の数が減り、サーファー関係のお店と施設が目立ちました。御宿町は特にサーファー天国だった気がします。町のビーチへ行ってみましたが、サーファー達のスキルにびっくりしました。ビデオを撮りましたが、旅中このブログを携帯電話で書いていますので、アップロードができません。


Two things caught my eye as I rode through the Katsuura area: tunnels and dolls. Let’s begin with the dolls. Today was the “Big Hinamatsuri” (or Great Doll Festival) in the town, so everywhere I looked there were fabulous displays of dolls. The best was a shirne in Katsuura, which had dolls perched on bamboo poles, in the shrine itself, and in a display in the shrine office.
次に勝浦を通りました。印象的だったのはトンネルの数と「ビッグひな祭り」でした。どこを見ても、人形が飾ってありました。僕にとって、一番美しい場面は町の神社でした(写真)。




To my sister Lynda – you’d have loved it!

Tunnels. Well – some were fun. Many of the car tunnels have narrow side tunnels for bikes, and these were a gas to bomb through. Narrow and dark, and absolutely deserted. The other side of the coin were those without side tunnels, when I had to ride my legs off in competition with the cars. Not too much fun, though the drivers were considerate enough.
次にトンネル。車が通るトンネルの横に歩行者専用トンネルもよくありました。長くて、暗くて、サイクリストにとって最高の楽しみです。しかし、最後の4つのトンネルは歩道もなく、歩行者専用トンネルもなく、キツかったです。幸い、運転手達は優しかったので、なんとか無事に通る事が出来ました。


After three days of fabulous weather, they say it is going to rain all day tomorrow. I am not concerned! In fact, I welcome it! After carrying around my raingear for 230 km so far, it’s time to give it a try. AND, the iPhone 7 Plus is waterproof, so tomorrow I’ll share some soggy shots with you.
今までの天気は本当に最高でした。しかし、明日から雨になるようです。私は心配していません。逆に、楽しみにしています。雨用具は完備ですし、iPhone7プラスが防水だから続けて写真を撮る事が出来ます。明日、違った雰囲気の写真を提供します。

To conclude today’s post, here are a couple more of those mysterious Christian signs I found. They appear in the oddest places – on fences, on the walls of abandoned buidings, and on some homes. All in villages with nary a church. Fascinating. (the first one says “Believe in the true god – Jesus Christ”. The second one is jollier – “If you die with your sins you’ll go to hell for ever”)
最後に、またキリスト教的に看板を発見しました。最初の方は比較的優しいメッセージを伝えますが、二つ目は怖いですね.自分もクリスチャンですが、こういう言い方はが逆効果ではないかと思います。

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2 Responses to Day 3, or Wind & Wetsuits 〜 風とサーフィング

  1. Markus Aurelius says:

    Waiting to hear if those waterproof gloves you bought in Shinjuku really work. With all the good weather so far you haven’t had a chance to test them.

  2. scotto says:

    They were great for 6 hours, then gave up for the last 2. I guess there’s a limit to the amount of water they can repel. Under more normal conditions I probably would have been fine.

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