Already September? もう9月?


I am not amused

It is September.  It is also raining and cold (by Tokyo standards).  Not only this, but work has resumed. I shouldn’t be complaining, however.  August was a wonderful month, the first half spent with visiting family (see August 16 post), and the second half spent in relative freedom.  I managed to do three long rides in late-August, two of which were made with Rikkyo choir graduates.  So, before I run down to work today I’ll take a few minutes to share three good rides, their maps and some photos.


1. Solitary city loop.  

I did this ride on my own, leaving the house around 5 am with no goal in mind.  I wound up in Shinjuku in time to enjoy the dawn in Central Park there.  Riding alone and rather high on coffee was the cause of many a selfie.  Fortunately for readers, few will be posted.  As you can see by the map, I go lost in Shibuya, made a wrong turn near Tokyo Bay, only eventually finding the way to Odaiba.  After that it was simply a matter of riding up the Arakawa River to Kawaguchi City and then home.  A fine 92 km ride with many photo ops along the way.  Here are a few shots from the day:


Dawn in the Shinjuku skyscraper district

My bike dwarfed by the skyscrapers

Selfie inviting windows


At the Kaigakan 絵画館の前で

Dwarfed again – Tokyo Tower


Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba

2. City Loop 2, with Kaneko Shuichiro

This ride was taken with choir graduate Kaneko Shuichiro, who recently bought a nice Dahon folding bike.  The route was his idea, so I got to see areas of Tokyo unfamiliar to me.  It was a really hot day, so sweating and drinking, sweating and drinking were repeated throughout the day.  Heat aside, blasting through famous areas like Omotesando and Ginza on little bikes can’t be beat.  We were even treated to rain and a festival – the Asakusa Samba Festival in the Asakusa area.  If you ride, you will discover.  No plans needed.  Photos:


I enjoyed the heat more than KS – at NHK

One of many bridges on the Sumida River – in the rain

Car and Shinto shrine color match

Asakusa Samba Festival

At Ueno Park – I try for a serious look, but…

…Mr Kaneko forced me to laugh

I did eventually tire of the heat


3. A ride around the Miura Penninsula with Kawasaki Hirotaka

The last big ride of the month was taken with “Jas” (also known by his real name Kawasaki Hirotaka).  The loop around the Miura Peninsula is one of my favorites.  It has everything – sea views, seafood, hill climbs and long descents, and easy access by train from Tokyo.  I was up at 3:30 am, rode down to Ikebukuro Station at 4:30 to catch the train toward the coast.  If you are an early riser like me, this is a great way to beat the rush hour crowds.  Jas met me at Yokosuka, and we rode toward Kamakura from there.  He is a serious rider, and I should state honestly that I had to work to keep up with him! 30 years difference age shows up in many ways – most obviously in one’s average speed.  A great seafood lunch helped with energy levels, and the ride was completed by 3 pm.  We were blessed with perfect weather (if hot), while parts of Tokyo were being pummeled by torrential rains.  Lucky!


Bike bagged up at Ikebukuro station

My Bike Friday at Yokokusa harbor

Ready to start the ride

Lighthouse at Jogashima

The coast at Jogashima

Lunch at Misaki

Bikes bagged up on the return train


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