Category: Arakawa

  • 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…

  • Marathonus Interruptus

    Marathonus Interruptus

    I got off to quite a lazy start this morning, and had to immediately forget any thoughts I had about riding the length of the Tamagawa in both directions. When Nana asked where I was going I said Disney, and figured I would decide once there whether to return via the Tokyo Gate Bridge or…

  • Windy and Flat

    Windy and Flat

    I have a big ride coming up with José next weekend, and he hasn’t been getting in a lot of miles on the bike. So we took advantage of today’s weather — mild and sunny — to get in a ride. I told José I’d meet him at his flat at 8 and we left…

  • Wind and Cloud

    Wind and Cloud

    I chose my ride today with an eye on the weather forecast, which has been changing over the past few days. What finally emerged this morning was an overcast day with a forecast high of 31C. That’s bordering on my limit, so I thought the thing to do would be to get an early start…

  • Arakawa – Disney – Budokan

    Arakawa – Disney – Budokan

    I got an early start yesterday, on the road before 8 with a couple of Nana’s world-famous onigiri in the bag. It was not quite 10C when I set out, with a forecast high of 17, so I wore shorts and regular (fingerless) gloves together with a long-sleeved jersey. I was sweating long before the…

  • December Century

    December Century

    It was 4C when I set out this morning, and I was worried that I would need another layer in addition to the undershirt and winter jersey I was wearing. I needn’t have worried — I was working up a sweat within a couple of kilometers. After getting a bit turned around at the Imperial…

  • Gettin’ some culture into Da Kid

    Gettin’ some culture into Da Kid

    I’ve ridden with José up and down the Arakawa river a number of times, including a three-rivers ride where we started way up in Saitama and cycled all the way down the Arakawa. But he hasn’t been to Koedo in Kawagoe (at least not by bike). This was our goal three weeks ago, when we…

  • Add a loop at the end to make 100

    Add a loop at the end to make 100

    We planned an easy ride today with José and Tomo to Tokyo Disneyland. When Tomo dropped out, I messaged José: Let’s stretch a bit and head for Kawagoe. Guy Jean I usually get to Arakawa by taking Yamate Dori from just near my flat, a very straight shot. This morning the plan was to meet…