Category: The Ride

  • A little bit of Mary all night long

    A little bit of Mary all night long

    José said he would ride this weekend, after a break of a few months during which he was supposed to be training for a marathon. Given beautiful weather with scant wind, I decided to reprise the exploration of Edogawa that was cut short by a fierce headwind on the initial go. I left home just…

  • Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Before I could set out, I had to replace the saddle that broke during last week’s ride. I have another Brooks, a C15 that I’d used until my Lejog attempt ended in tears. It took only a few minutes to replace the saddle, cleaning and greasing the bolts before torquing them to the correct specification.…

  • Well that sucks

    Well that sucks

    The forecast today was for warm weather with light wind, following several days of rain and gale-force winds. Ever since I discovered the entrance to Tamagawa Sky Bridge, I’ve wanted to try starting from there to go to Yokohama, and I thought today might be the day to do that. Nana had not prepared any…

  • Bloody useful Garmin tools

    Thinking about an upcoming ride, I realized I don’t have US maps in Garmie. Unlike Wahoo, which makes maps available worldwide, Garmin very greedily ships with the local map only, and just basemaps for the rest of the world. (A basemap is a vague outline with no features, no road information, etc.) Maps for other…

  • Kyuedo > Edogawa

    Kyuedo > Edogawa

    I spent some time this week plotting out a couple of routes along the Edogawa into Chiba. I was able to find routes which avoided most of the exurb rubbish we encountered passing through Chiba en route to Shirako Onsen, with the added benefit that they’re basically flat. The forecast this morning was for clear…

  • 白岩の滝

    白岩の滝

    White Stone Falls I found this waterfall via Google Maps last year when I was looking for alternative routes to the northwest of Tokyo. It leaves the Tamagawa cycling course near the Hamura end, and winds through urban traffic and then a mountain road for 14km. I’ve been putting it off since then out of…

  • Lotus Power

    Lotus Power

    I set out in spring-like weather this morning to see the kawazuzakura in bloom along the Tamagawa. In fact I should have gone last weekend — I’ve missed the peak, but there were still many blossoms on display. I had a bit of a mechanical before I even set out this morning: when I picked…

  • Choose Your Adventure

    Choose Your Adventure

    Following last week’s jaunt to Disney, I set my sights this morning on Kawagoe — same river, but the opposite direction. The forecast was sunny and mild, and the morning view of Fujisan was encouraging. As I was getting dressed it was 6C, with a forecast high of 12C. I considered my choices of long-sleeved…

  • Who’s the leader of the club

    Who’s the leader of the club

    It was good weather for a ride today: bright sunshine, with a wind from the north that helped me on my way down the Arakawa and didn’t give me any trouble on the return. There was a 30km run in progress on the lower stretches of the Arakawa, but unlike last month’s marathon, cyclists were…