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.

もう9月ですね。東京は大分涼しくなり、雨の日が多い季節に変わりました。仕事も既に再開しました。8月を振り替えてみると、大変よい夏休みだったので、文句は言いません。月の前半は初来日したアメリカの家族と一緒に過ごし(8月16日のブログを参考して下さい)、そして、後半は3回ほどのロングライドが出来ました。それぞれのルートマップと写真を提供します。

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:

 このライドは午前5時に開始し、出発した時点でこの日のルートは全く決まっていませんでした。この日1人でサイクリングしましたので、気が向いた方向へ進みました。結局、日の出は新宿中央公園で、迷子になったのは渋谷のスクランブル交差点で、ランチはお台場でした。途中で有名なビルなどの写真撮影したり、車の少ない早朝東京を楽しみました。帰りは荒川のサイクリグロード経由でした。この日は92キロをブロンプトンで走りました。

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:

今回、立教大学チャペル聖歌隊卒業生の金子秀一郎君と一緒にサイクリングしました。彼は新しいダホン製折りたたみ自転車を買ったので、また都内を回りました。大変暑い日でしたし、午後は雨になりましたが、相変わらず楽しみながら多くの観光スポットを通りました。小さな折りたたみ自転車で表参道や銀座を通るのは楽しいですよ!偶然でしたが、浅草のサンバ祭りも見る事が出来ました。やはりサイクリングすれば必ず面白い経験をします。

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!

8月最後のロングライドも聖歌隊卒の1人と一緒でした。今回、河崎宏貴君と三浦半島を一周しました。家から三浦半島は遠いので、始発電車で鎌倉まで行きました。河崎君は大変真面目なサイクリストなので、30歳上の私は時々(少し?)苦労しました。しかし、城ヶ島で長い休憩、そして三崎での美味しい魚料理で回復し、午後3前鎌倉に戻りました。三浦周辺の天気は最高でしたが、東京都内に戻った時、あちこち大雨だったらしく、ビックリしました。

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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