Alexis’s Tour de Kyoto
Alexis Turcas in the mountains northwest of Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Alexis Turcas
in the mountains northwest of Kyoto, Japan

Alexis, a cycling Frenchman living in England, contacted NORU for a private bike tour around the far-flung mountains of Kyoto. Joshua set him up with a bike and took him around, while I tagged along for photos.

Making Our Way through quiet streets towards the mountains -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Making Our Way
through quiet streets towards the mountains
Side Loop through the Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Side Loop
through the Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺)
Obstacle Course -- Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Obstacle Course
Greeting Some Schoolchildren -- Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Greeting Some Schoolchildren
Minor Little Lane -- Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Minor Little Lane
Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Myoushinji Temple Complex (妙心寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Along Hirosawa Lake a lake seen in this post a couple of years ago -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Along Hirosawa Lake
a lake seen in this post a couple of years ago
Rice Looks About Ready for harvest -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Rice Looks About Ready
for harvest
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bit of Bamboo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bit of Bamboo
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ugly Trees but they'll make nice ornamental lumber -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ugly Trees
but they'll make nice ornamental lumber
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quaint Area north of Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quaint Area
north of Arashiyama
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quintessential Photo Op in front of a restaurant coincidentally featured prominently in this week's NHK's Core Kyoto episode “ Ayu Sweetfish ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quintessential Photo Op
in front of a restaurant coincidentally featured prominently
in this week's NHK's Core Kyoto episode Ayu Sweetfish

Right after this photo is the first real test of cycling ability, a short, steep climb that averages 10% over 760m (half a mile), but has some 17% sections.

When you're contacted out of the blue by someone for a bike ride, you're not really sure of their level and what would be appropriate/fun/challenging/daunting for them, so this initial climb would be a bit of a trial by fire to gauge someone's level.

In this case, Alexis' demeanor on the bike on the steepest sections remained unchanged from when casually cruising among the flat rice fields, as if the effort that was a challenge for me was not at all an effort for him. He seems ridiculously strong, but not particularly interested in using that strength during this ride. This was lucky for me, because the subsequent longer climbs that he was happy to just casually enjoy ended up at a pace that I could, with effort, maintain.

Enjoying the Views on the short descent after that initial climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Enjoying the Views
on the short descent after that initial climb
Very Twisty Very Steep -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Very Twisty Very Steep
Challenging to photograph on the move on this steep a descent ( taken at 13 kph / 8 mph ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Challenging
to photograph on the move on this steep a descent
( taken at 13 kph / 8 mph )
Bottoming Out -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bottoming Out
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Views above Japan Rail's Hozukyo Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Views
above Japan Rail's Hozukyo Station
Entering a Small Village -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entering a Small Village
Steep Section he looks much more relaxed than I do, let me assure you -- Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Steep Section
he looks much more relaxed than I do, let me assure you
Top of the Atago Climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Top of the Atago Climb
Terraced Rice Fields a lovely view seen better in this shot from the other day -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Terraced Rice Fields
a lovely view seen better in this shot from the other day
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Doesn't Look Like It, But... this was taken at 57 kph (35 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Doesn't Look Like It, But...
this was taken at 57 kph (35 mph)
Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hiyoshi Dam (日吉ダム) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Crossing Hiyoshi Dam with the “ velodrome ” in the background -- Hiyoshi Dam (日吉ダム) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Crossing Hiyoshi Dam
with the velodrome in the background
“足湯” ( ashiyu ) foot hot-spring -- Hiyoshi Dam (日吉ダム) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“足湯” (ashiyu)
foot hot-spring
Heading Back into the mountains -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Back
into the mountains
Finally finally a photo that captures what a steep climb feels like ( it's easy to inadvertently bump the settings on my cycling camera ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Finally
finally a photo that captures what a steep climb feels like
( it's easy to inadvertently bump the settings on my cycling camera )
Another camera-setting mistake -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Another
camera-setting mistake
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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mu +sports! mimicking Joshua's sales-pitch pose from this spot two years ago -- せせらぎ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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mu +sports!
mimicking Joshua's sales-pitch pose from this spot two years ago
Lovely Little Climb taken during a short descent section at 55 kph (34 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lovely Little Climb
taken during a short descent section at 55 kph (34 mph)
taken at 44 kph (28 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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taken at 44 kph (28 mph)
Drink Refill -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Drink Refill
Drink Refill of a more-natural kind -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Drink Refill
of a more-natural kind
Descending “ Nasty ” notice the 21% Grade sign in the background -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Descending Nasty
notice the 21% Grade sign in the background
Fringe of the City just outside of Shouzan (しょうざん) -- Shouzan (しょうざん) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fringe of the City
just outside of Shouzan (しょうざん)
Almost Done passing by the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Almost Done
passing by the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮)
Safely Back to NORU -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Safely Back
to NORU

All in all, Alexis had done 89km with about 1,750m of elevation gain. He seemed to have enjoyed his time, and I enjoyed both his company and that I didn't slow them down too much.

After Alexis bid us farewell, Joshua and I headed east across the city heading to our respective homes...

Shortcut across the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) -- Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Shortcut
across the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所)

Here's my full ride at Strava:


Minh and Nghia Photoshoot Preview
Hi! Minh and Nghia, at Nanzen Temple (南禅寺), Kyoto Japan -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Hi!
Minh and Nghia, at Nanzen Temple (南禅寺), Kyoto Japan

I did a fun photoshoot today with Minh and Nghia, vacationing from San Jose, CA.

We're all American, but they had almost as much trouble with my German-ancestry name as I did with their Vietnamese-ancestry names. Her name is pronounced min, like the start of Minnie Mouse. His sounds like knee-ah.

I literally haven't seen more than a smattering of the photos I took, but throwing a few darts at my Lightroom catalog brought up a few I can share right away.

At the Murin'an Garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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At the Murin'an Garden

They started their vacation as a celebration of five years together, but Nghia had loftier plans...

New Bling -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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New Bling
Wishes for a happy future -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wishes
for a happy future
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 110mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

To be continued...


Exploring the Nooks and Cranies of Ohara on a Fine Summer Day

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Such a Lovely Day to be Outside
main gate of the Heian Shrine, Kyoto Japan

I had an enjoyable bike ride of exploration around the nooks and crannies of Ohara the other day, so I thought I'd share some photos. Here's the ride at Strava:

The impetus for this ride was to check out some of the minor roads I'd seen on 路面と勾 配 (literally road surface and slope), a blog full of reports on exceedingly-minor mountain roads, each replete with detailed photos and commentary. He's got well over 1,000 such reports so far.

I spend a fair amount of my time updating OpenStreetMaps based on his articles. These are the maps used by Strava, Galileo Offline Maps, maps.me, and many others, so where I've done this these maps are more accurate than Google Maps.


iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/590 sec, f/2.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Long Line
waiting for lunch at a restaurant near my house
( the restaurant must be in some kind of tourist guide to get a line like this )

Once I got out of the city, I tried to take any little street that looked like it might go somewhere. Usually they didn't.


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Dead End
above the main road I've taken dozens of times

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A Pleasant Shortcut
taken at 20 kph (12 mph)

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Hand-Made Tobidashi-kun
Reminding drivers that children sometimes dash out,
and reminding children not to.

Before heading out, I scoured the satellite view in Google Earth for things that looked interesting, such as this recently-built dam with a road that wasn't on any map:


Looks interesting

The approach road, though, was paved only so far, and then I ran into gravel:


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Rocky Road

I knew from the satellite view that it would become paved again, but I didn't have all that much time, so I decided to defer. Plus, I knew there were two other potential approaches to the dam road, so I went to try them...


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Also Not Paved

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This One Neither

Continuing on, I came to another location I'd spotted via Google Earth, a place I'd ridden by dozens of times without ever noticing....


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Looks Steep
taken at 16 kph (10 mph)

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Entrance to the Sairin-ji Temple
西林寺

Let's head on up to the first corner...


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That's Steep
but the road surface is just dandy

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Looking Up Around the Corner
it's no less steep, but the road surface becomes much worse

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Yikes
Next time I'll use the flat stripe along the wall

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Another Corner
this is about the halfway point, it turns out

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Looking Back to the First Corner

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Looking Back
to the second corner

Until this point the average grade is just over 25%, but it flattens out a bit around one more corner, eventually reaching the temple...


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Looking Back at the Road
after having arrived at the top

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Sairin-ji Temple (西林寺)

Because it flattened out at the end, the full climb from the road averages only 22.1% over its short-but-sweet distance of 150m. It's a little longer and a little steeper than the Nasty hill in Kyoto.

Sadly, Strava no longer allows one to create that-short a segment. The shortness of the segment, combined with the impreciseness of GPS tracking that non-geek athletes don't really understand, probably results in too much burden on their customer-service department, so they just disallow them now. One Stava user got around the problem by extending the distance to include 170m of the run-up to the climb in the segment, creating the for Sairinji Climb segment. Better than nothing. I'm the third Strava user to have made the climb.

I continued on my way to putz around the minor streets. One paved street ended at a little cemetery.


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The road continued into the woods, but unpaved...


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Continues Unpaved
as seen on the minor-road blog.

The maps I consulted indicated that in one area I should find some tennis courts, and indeed I did...


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These Tennis Courts Exist

... but the road that they indicated should have exited from the area, not so much:


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Not a Road
despite what the maps said

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Somewhat Nervious Tobidashi-kun

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Still Wearing His PJs?

I finally made my way to the main road I wanted to check out, the driveway to a temple. I'd often stopped by the pretty area where the driveway meets the road, but it seems I've posted about it only once, here.

For some reason I thought the driveway was off limits to all but pedestrians, but after seeing the report on the minor-road blog, I knew it was okay. There's a parking lot up there.


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Heading In

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Looking Back
from near the start

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Steep and Mossy

Let me say up front that when it's dry, as it was when I was there, the road is perfectly fine to ride up and down.

But the moss on the edges would make me very wary to take this road were it wet. Still, this road is nowhere near as bad as the road to the Ushio Kannon Temple, which is scary-slippery in the best of times.


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End of the Road

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Heading Back Down

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Different

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Looks Inviting
Beer 320 yen (about US$3)

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Approaching Tobidashi-kun K

In his article on this road, the author of the minor-road blog noticed that this tobidashi-kun has a K on it, and wondered what it meant...


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この飛び出し君の「K」は「けん」という現地の子供の意味です。
けん君の父親はこの飛び出し君を作った。

So I asked a local, and it turns out that I was talking to the grandmother of a Ken, a young child that lived there. His father had made the tobidashi-kun, so added a K for his son's name. The lady went on to explain that people steal these things (geez, how rotten do you have to be?, I thought), so the father thought to personalize it in the hopes that no one would take it.


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Ken
small child on the push-bike in the center of the (dead-end) road
道の中にいる子供はけん君です

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Another Non-Paved Road
that I'll leave to others to explore

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I Dunno
what this is

All in all it was a pleasant ride. I returned home to find that I'd whittled another second off my best time on this sprint segment, having taken advantage of a partial tailwind. That puts me tied for seventh out of 1,327 people. Now if I can just shave a few more seconds off....


My Cycling is All “Fasted” Recently, and I Don’t Know Why (But I’m Not Complaining)

It's not been a good year for me so far, having been beset by all manner of colds, injuries, and other things that have made a big dent in my fitness. As I mentioned earlier in The Silliness of Japanese Medicine-Dosage Rules a couple of weeks ago, I topped things off with a horrible cold that put me out of commission for the better part of two weeks. The third course of antibiotics seemed to have finally done the trick, and now I'm looking to reclaim my life.

When in good form last year, I was about 86kg (190lbs) with little fat and a lot of upper-body muscle. But this bad year had taken its toll, and as I emerged from the bad cold a week ago, I found myself over 90kg (~200lbs) and without muscle. Ugh. Enough. Gotta get rid of the fat and start to rebuild muscle.

The upper-body muscle will be a challenge, since some nerve damage to my left triceps leaves them very weak. They're slowly coming back and have doubled in strength to about 30% of normal capacity, so at long last I can finally do a pushup, but it's a far cry from last year when I could do 50 pushups in as many seconds. I just have to wait.

On the other hand, loosing the fat is looking to be easier than I expected. Something about the recent bad cold changed my metabolism, and I was left without much apparent need to eat. I'd spend the day working, and suddenly realize in the evening that I'd not had a thing to eat all day, and even then wasn't particularly hungry.

In cycling, there's the idea of a short morning fasted ride, which means a ride done before anything's been eaten that day. The thought is that getting a good hour or so of exercise in the morning before taking in food will force your body to dip into its fat reserves.

Last Tuesday my metabolism was no different, and by noon when I decided to make my first short ride since the cold, I still hadn't had anything to eat. I did bring calories with me, expecting that the exercise would demand it, but I never felt the need during the 2½ hour, 40km (24mi) ride, and ended up not eating anything until dinner.

Well, that was fortuitous for my weight-loss hopes. I didn't expect it to continue for longer rides, but so far is has, over two more rides of 76 and 121 kilometers (47 and 75 miles). This post is about those two longer rides.

The first of those two was really interesting, as I explored a bunch of things that may or may not have turned out to be actual roads, which did indeed turn out to be very lovely roads. Here it is: @ Strava

It was a hot day, and it got even hotter as I passed through the city of Otsu:


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About 108°F

I wasn't eating anything (I brought food in case I needed it, but it turns out I never did), but I was certainly drinking a lot. Over the ride, I drank 6.4L (1.7gal)!


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Relative Cool
of a forest path

Having gained so much weight, I had no illusions of being fast, so I was happy to be in exploration mode. In poking around a small village tucked into the crease of a mountain, I found a short but steep climb that ended at a quiet shrine...


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Namiho Shrine
Otsu City, Shiga

It's the step climb up to it that made it a nice find for me. There was a second approach, by stairs:


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Sense of Steepness
rest of the path from the top of the stairs
( the road itself was steeper than this )

Neither the shine nor most of the roads in the area we even on the maps that Strava uses, so as I often do, I spent considerable time carefully adding them later.

I then made my way farther east, where I wanted to investigate what looked on Google Earth to perhaps be roads. Usually these are either off-limit construction-access roads, or unpaved paths that I wouldn't want to take on my road bike, so I didn't hold out much hope, but the first road I found was lovely, in excellent condition, and devoid of people and cars.

I made a Strava segment for it, and surprisingly, it seems that I'm the first to ever ride it: Kamitanakami Shinmeishin Tunnel Climb.

The road ends at another road that emerges from under an expressway:


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Welcome Respite from the Heat

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Slightly Creepy Sign
giving the name of the expressway that the tunnel goes under

I don't know who this sign is intended for, since the roads in this area are closed to motor vehicles. Hikers?

These roads were in the middle of nowhere, and not connecting anything. In fact, one of them just unceremoniously ends at nothing.


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Pristine Road
not used for anything

There was a little plaque saying Management-road End / Otsu Forestry Office, so I guess that's less unceremonious than this road from a couple of years ago.

Descending back toward civilization, I came across what seemed to be a small campground, along with the entrance to a mountain hiking road:


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Sign For the Hiking Road

The satellite view makes it look like a normally-paved road, and it probably is, but it's closed off to cars, motorcycles, and even bicycles. (Wheelchairs, however, are explicitly allowed, and the ramps I saw leading away from the parking lot suggests that they're serious about that, which is nice.)

For my part, I continued exploring...


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Par for the Day
great-quality pavement, no cars, lots of nature

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Beckoning You For a Dip
the water looked to be perhaps shin deep, just inviting you to come in and cool down

The river had a lot of these pseudo-dams, and at one downstream I came across some people fishing...


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Father and Sons
quality time

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Civilization Emerges
The little boy told me that there's a campground a bit farther down

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Campground

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Ford

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J. de Rijke

According to a little plaque nearby, Johannis de Rijke oversaw construction of a little dam nearby. I didn't realize it at the time, but according to his Wikipedia page, he's the guy responsible for the canal from Lake Biwa to Kyoto, running right in front of my house.


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Johannis and Me
we both need a shave

It was a lovely day of discovery, and of energy that seemed to materialize from nowhere. I even made a PR on a five-minute climb that I wasn't even trying on. It was just a great day.

I had a protein drink when I got home, but otherwise didn't eat anything between dinner the night before and dinner much later on after I got home.

Two days later (yesterday) I did another fasted ride, not feeling the need to eat in the morning before heading out. This one was much longer: @Strava


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Rice Field
in western Kyoto

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Vestiges of a Festival
it looks like they had an evening light-up event

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Morning-After Deconstruction

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Much Cooler
it got down to 22° (72F) on the slow climb up Mt. Atago

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Still
need a shave

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Rice-Farming Village

As a cyclist it's convenient to use my phone to take pictures, but as a photographer it's painful. The iPhone 7+'s camera is no match for an old Nikon SLR, as evidenced by a this shot from the same location five years ago.

Not long after this spot is a short fast descent that's pretty safe to go full power all-out on. I wasn't planning on giving anything much power this day, but once I got there I had a hard time holding back, so I went for it.

The nature of the road makes it safe at full power if you have the confidence to handle that much power in the mild curves. Unlike most descents, the limit is not in the safety of needing to be able to stop within your sight lines, or of worrying about oncoming traffic popping around a blind corner. Here, only a lack of power or a lack of raw bike-handling skills limits you. I've got a long way to go in the bike-handling department, and lost my nerve on a couple of the curves, so I was all the more pleasantly surprised when Strava Live on my phone told me that I'd made a new KOM (fastest time ever recorded).

Sadly, when I got home and uploaded the real track from my Garmin Edge 820, the calculations had changed and I had merely tied my previous record (which itself is the current KOM).

After a while was another fast descent, but about double the length. I've done my best (2 min 5 sec) on three separate occasions, and hoped to finally break that barrier, but no, my time was exactly the same. Four times. I guess I've at least got consistency going for me.


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Notice The Reflections
so that you don't notice I cut off the top of the monument

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Low Water Level

Later on I came across the dam that seemed to be controlling the height in the lake...


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Adjustable-Height Dam

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Gates All The Way Down

Farther downstream is the huge Hiyoshi Dam, which has a circular walkway over its spillway:


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Some time ago I'd made a Strava segment representing four laps around the walkway, jokingly calling it the Hiyoshi Velodrome. But somehow on this ride today, I had it in my mind that the segment was just three laps, so I gave full gas for three and then coasted. Still, I missed my previous record by just a few seconds, so next time I'll make a PR (so long, at least, as I can successfully count to four).


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On The Velodrome

This velodrome has appeared on my blog before, here and here. I actually visited the dam once long ago on a family trip, chronicled here.

Anyway, I then moved on to the destination for the day, a waterfall I'd seen on a friend's ride last week. From the map it looked like there were two approaches, and I took what turned out to be a 10% climb to a reservoir above the waterfall.

I guess everyone else actually followed the plentiful signs down below, because Strava tells me I'm the first to ride up here. But I like exploring, and I like steep climbs, so I'm happy to be here.

There was a sign for the waterfall pointing down some rough steps, so I made my way


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Above the Waterfall

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Just Above
Leaning over, I could see some people waaaay below. It's a tall waterfall.

Once I realized that I was above the waterfall and that it was very tall, I opted against hiking down, so hiked back up the short distance to the road, and coasted down.


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Steep but Beautiful
it doesn't look like it, but it's a 10% grade

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Finally There
Kotodaki Waterfall (琴滝)
water drops about 40m

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Relaxed Atmosphere

Then I high-tailed the 50km home, still drinking a lot but not feeling the need to eat any of the food I'd brought.

I made good time, so threw in a little bonus climb at the end, just before home:


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Flip-Side View

The cemetery is something I normally see from above, such as in this view, but on the Rt. 1 climb out of Kyoto, for a moment you have this view, at least if you poke the camera through a hole in a chain-link fence. (The orange building at the top is part of the Kiyomizu Temple, seen in the first picture on this post).

I ended up drinking 7.2L (1.9gal)! That equates to 7.2kg (16 pounds!) of drink. Yet, despite all that, I lost almost 2kg during the ride. Most of it was water loss that came back by this morning, but not all of it.


An Unforgettable Dinner at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto
Setting Out the Hors d'Oeuvres Chef Koji Ueshima at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Setting Out the Hors d'Oeuvres
Chef Koji Ueshima at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto

Earlier this summer I got the chance to visit — and eat a fabulous dinner at — AIC Akitsushima Kyoto (AIC秋津洲京都), and though I didn't get a chance to take any proper pictures, I did snap some as I went. It's a shame, because the entire small property was absolutely stunning, both in design and in execution.

Entrance Lobby -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Entrance Lobby

To be frank, I'm not entirely clear about what this place is, but I do know that part of it is a restaurant open to the public (restaurant web site). It's related to a college in Auckland, so in addition to the 8% tax that's added to your bill, an additional 10% is added as a scholarship fee that presumably goes directly to the college.

Other than the small area that's open to the public, I got the impression that the rest of it was used as a club, for members. I joined the evening as a guest of my masseur friend Kentaro Kataoka. The president of the organization that owns this place is also a massage client, so he hosted us for the evening.

Unassuming Entrance -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Unassuming Entrance
Lobby-side Bar with an original Chagall hanging nearby -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lobby-side Bar
with an original Chagall hanging nearby
Pre-Dinner Mingling -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Pre-Dinner Mingling
AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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The site is quite small, but the place is designed very well, so it feels much bigger. I got a quick tour.

Little Patio -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Little Patio
Relaxation Room with both a nice fireplace, and a garden view -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Relaxation Room
with both a nice fireplace, and a garden view
Mini Teppanyaki Counter for intimate dinners ( but wow, the art on the wall gives me the creeps ) -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Mini Teppanyaki Counter
for intimate dinners
( but wow, the art on the wall gives me the creeps )
Entrance to the restaurant -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Entrance
to the restaurant
Small Restaurant -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Small Restaurant
Kitchen -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Kitchen
Passageway -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Passageway
Up to the Second Level -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Up to the Second Level
Lovely Bedroom I'm not exactly sure why -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lovely Bedroom
I'm not exactly sure why
Bath overlooking the garden -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Bath
overlooking the garden
Dining Room were our group would eat -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Dining Room
where our group would eat
Lots of Cutlery I'm not sure what to do with four forks, four knives, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lots of Cutlery
I'm not sure what to do with four forks, four knives, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks
Cheers! -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Cheers!

The dinner was fantastic...

Sashimi on Radish -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Sashimi on Radish
Pasta with Caviar -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Pasta with Caviar
Group Shot -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Group Shot
Fish with Peppers -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Fish with Peppers
Beef -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Beef
The Most Amazing Cheese Plate Ever -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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The Most Amazing Cheese Plate Ever

I'm not the biggest fan of cheese, but this plate of small bits of cheese was by far the highlight of an evening of highlights. Each one was amazing, and I took the smallest possible little nibbles, to prolong the experience. Each little nibble came with an explosion of taste that I can hardly describe.

I dragged out the plate as long as I could, then spent the next while suppressing the urge to steal from others who had been slowed down by conversation.

Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Dessert
More Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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More Dessert
Coffee -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Coffee
Yet More Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Yet More Dessert
Hot Tea -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Hot Tea

What a memorable evening. I definitely hope to get back sometime with my camera, for dinner, or for both.