Category: Tokyo Landmarks

  • Windy Round with Joe

    Windy Round with Joe

    After years of saying, “Yes, we should really do that!” Fearless Leader Joe finally came to Tokyo to spend a day riding with me. There are several rides he’s expressed interest in doing, but he was clear on the first one: Tokyo Landmarks. I watched the forecast in the days leading up to the ride.…

  • 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…

  • Picturesque ride

    Picturesque ride

    Too nice to remain indoors It dawned clear and cold, a beautiful morning. Although it’s not officially winter, it was 5C as I was preparing for the ride, with a forecast high of 13C. Time to break out the winter cycling kit: my 鬼滅の刃 (Demon Slayer) jersey and tights, as well as winter gloves and…

  • Ajisai Loop

    Ajisai Loop

    We had clear skies and nice weather today following yesterday’s typhoon. Fujisan even put in a subdued appearance early in the morning, with the snow cap much reduced by yesterday’s wind and rain. Of all my usual rides, there’s only one that doesn’t run on cycling paths alongside rivers, which were probably flooded today or…

  • 初走り 2023

    初走り 2023

    For the first ride of the New Year, I had grandiose ideas about visiting a waterfall at the top of a 14km climb that begins 50km from home. As I was preparing this morning, I realized that the climb (and the return) would add at least 90 minutes to a ride that would already be…

  • Yesterday was nicer

    Yesterday was nicer

    I had my choice of days this weekend, one to bike and one to take care of housework and other things. The forecast was basically identical for both days: cold and clear, with little wind. I decided to do the housework and other things on Saturday and ride on Sunday. And then Sunday dawned cold…

  • Calling the rainman’s bluff

    Calling the rainman’s bluff

    Today’s forecast was cool and overcast, with rain in the evening. I took my time getting ready for the ride, and I checked the weather again before setting out about 9:30. The rain was now forecast for mid-afternoon. I figured I’d be fine as the Tokyo Landmarks ride is usually just four hours and change…

  • Once more around the park, driver

    Once more around the park, driver

    With a late start this morning and a longer ride planned for tomorrow, I was in the mood for a shorter ride today. Between my two typical short courses — Haneda and the Tokyo Landmarks — I chose the latter. The skies were grey when I departed, with the forecast for more of the same…

  • Nothin’ but blues and Elvis

    Nothin’ but blues and Elvis

    I had a late start this morning because Nana’s been after me for a couple of weeks now to have a haircut. I finally got on the road after 11, and immediately I knew I was overdressed for the weather. It was not quite 10C while I was preparing for the ride, but the temperature…