That Kyoto Temple With the Many Whimsical Statues
Things are Looking Up at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺), Kyoto Japan -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Things are Looking Up
at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺), Kyoto Japan
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though this guy
Seems Grumpy
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After so many cycling-related posts lately, it's time I get back to my basics with some pretty photos.

最近僕のブログはサイクリング関係ばかりみたいので、やっぱりたまに美しい京都写真にも戻らなければいけない。

I've been meaning to write about the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) temple for years, and indeed all the photos on this post are from 2012 (from visits to the temple in April and December of that year). A few of the photos appeared a year ago in A Few Desktop Backgrounds from the Delightfully Whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple, and one appears as the subject of my Photo-Development Challenge #2.

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Entrance Path
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It's at the far north end of the Arashiyama area that is already filled with more temples and shrines than someone could see in a week, and it's sort of a hidden treasure, so it's not particularly crowded. Tourists who walk what they think is the full length of Arashiyama probably stop here because it simply looks like there's nothing beyond. But only a short distance farther is an amazing place.

The temple is most noted for its 1,200 often-whimsical statues carved from stone.

Sometimes they're scattered about haphazardly like those on Easter Island...

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Sometimes they're packed in tightly like sardines in a can...

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Each has its individual charm (and I believe each was carved by a different person), so there are always more fun things to notice each time you visit, or even each time you look at their photos. I just noticed that the subject of the aforementioned photo challenge can be found in the shot above.

Bighead and Little Bob ( I just made up those names ) -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Bighead and Little Bob
( I just made up those names )
Phyllis Diller and J. Wellington Wimpy? -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Phyllis Diller and J. Wellington Wimpy?
Paul Barr -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Paul Barr
Walkman the statues date from 1980s ~ 1990s -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Walkman
the statues date from 1980s ~ 1990s
Walkman Again this time in December -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Walkman Again
this time in December
Damien Douxchamps -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Damien Douxchamps

The visit in December 2012 with Damien was at the end of a photographically-productive day that yielded a lovely rainbow, some stunning fall colors, autumn views of the Jojuji Temple, and assorted other beauty.

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So Much Detail
and if you've read my blog for long, you know I like taking photos of other photographers taking photos
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The Office
( USA version)
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At the top of the entrance path are three bells that have the most lovely sound...

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You can ring them freely. The deep, rich sound is sublime.

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Freshman -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Freshman
Bright -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Bright
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Bet You Don't See It
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Cold and Wet that December day was -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Cold and Wet
that December day was
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The End -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The End

There's so much more there... most of the statues didn't appear here at all. Perhaps I'll have to return again...


Many Lessons Learned on Yesterday’s Group Ride
Large Group Ride pausing after the first steep climb in the mountains above the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Large Group Ride
pausing after the first steep climb
in the mountains above the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan

I went on a bicycle ride yesterday that involved 13 people, the largest group I'd been on to date. It was fun, but I also learned some important lessons.

Gathering Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋) -- Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Gathering
Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋)
Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 37mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

It was quite the international gathering, with folks from Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Japan, Norway, Philippines, and The States.

The first lesson I learned was to pay attention to what weather forecast I looked at. Yesterday in Kyoto city proper the actual weather (spritzy rain in the morning; otherwise sunny all day) sort of matched the forecast (10% chance of rain all day), but our ride into the mountains was in the mountains, and it rained almost the entire time.

Heading Out lead by Nigel and Andy 6:20 AM (+4 min) - 1.2 km (0.8 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Out
lead by Nigel and Andy
6:20 AM (+4 min) - 1.2 km (0.8 miles)
Waiting at a Traffic Light like good cyclists do -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting at a Traffic Light
like good cyclists do
Scenic Route 6:27 AM (+11 min) - 3.4 km (2.1 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Scenic Route
6:27 AM (+11 min) - 3.4 km (2.1 miles)
Not-so-Scenic Route 6:31 AM (+15 min) - 4.7 km (2.9 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Not-so-Scenic Route
6:31 AM (+15 min) - 4.7 km (2.9 miles)
Nigel Randell 6:45 AM (+29 min) - 10 km (6.2 miles) taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nigel Randell
6:45 AM (+29 min) - 10 km (6.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph)

Nigel does an amazing amount of cycling, including commute-to-work rides exceeding 100km. So far this year, including during the winter, he's averaged 1500km (890 miles) per month.

Leading the Parade 6:45 AM (+29 min) - 10 km (6.3 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Leading the Parade
6:45 AM (+29 min) - 10 km (6.3 miles)
Minor Slope 6:46 AM (+30 min) - 10 km (6.3 miles) taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Minor Slope
6:46 AM (+30 min) - 10 km (6.3 miles)
taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph)

The pair in orange are father/son, with the boy being in sixth grade. He had not the slightest problem keeping with the group. They joined us only for the beginning, and split off before the steep climbs, but I suspect both could have handled it easily.

Arashiyama 6:54 AM (+37 min) - 13 km (8.2 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Arashiyama
6:54 AM (+37 min) - 13 km (8.2 miles)

I always like riding through this part of northern Arashiyama. Here we're going by the Hokyo-in Temple (宝筐院), which is just stunning in autumn.

We soon dove into the forest-covered mountains, and a light spritzy/misty rain started that didn't let up. After the first short (but intense) climb, we took the group photo that leads this post.

Being both wet and steep, we took the descents quite slowly...

Careful Descent 7:09 AM (+53 min) - 16 km (9.9 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Careful Descent
7:09 AM (+53 min) - 16 km (9.9 miles)
Social Pause 7:41 AM (+1h 24m) - 22 km (13.6 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Social Pause
7:41 AM (+1h 24m) - 22 km (13.6 miles)

There's a tiny village halfway up the first major climb, and normally one would not stop here, but with a large group of varying abilities, it's nice to stop from time to time to keep people more or less together.

The fastest folks arrived at the top long before me and the other slowpokes, and went partially down the other side and returned back up to the pass not long after I arrived...

Heading Home 8:07 AM (+1h 50m) - 26 km (16.0 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home
8:07 AM (+1h 50m) - 26 km (16.0 miles)

With various family obligations, they returned home the way we came, while the rest of us continued away from the city.

Picturesque Stop “ 京都市有形文化財 河原家住宅 ” Kyoto City Tangible Cultural Asset “ Kawara Family Home ” 8:24 AM (+2h 8m) - 29 km (17.8 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Picturesque Stop
京都市有形文化財河原家住宅
Kyoto City Tangible Cultural Asset Kawara Family Home
8:24 AM (+2h 8m) - 29 km (17.8 miles)
Random Jovialty 8:40 AM (+2h 24m) - 33 km (20.7 miles) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Random Jovialty
8:40 AM (+2h 24m) - 33 km (20.7 miles)
Lovely Descent 8:41 AM (+2h 25m) - 34 km (21.0 miles) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Descent
8:41 AM (+2h 25m) - 34 km (21.0 miles)

This descent, like the rest of the planned route, follows the same path that Gorm and I did two weeks ago. Like last time, I couldn't get good shots down this super-nice descent. The rain didn't help.

The rain also didn't help one rider, Dario, who for unknown reasons lost control on a slow straightaway and met the ground. :-(

Fixing a Boo -Boo 8:43 AM (+2h 26m) - 34 km (21.1 miles) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Fixing a Boo-Boo
8:43 AM (+2h 26m) - 34 km (21.1 miles)

I was really impressed with how Antti (from Finland) took control of the situation, tending to the road rash in a no-nonsense way, then tending to the bicycle (making sure it was safe to ride), all the while tending to everyone's emotions. He brought calm and direction where it was needed.

Many good lessons here for everyone.

We didn't have much in the way of first-aid supplies with us (which is to say we had nothing; I had a few Band-Aids, but they were of no use here), so Antti made do with what we had. My little towel became a protective wrap.

Putting a Happy Face on It when pride is certainly wounded -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Putting a Happy Face on It
when pride is certainly wounded

Dario was certainly in discomfort for a while, but a day later he's already saying he's ready to ride again with us soon.

Back to yesterday, in going over the bicycle to make sure it was safe to ride, Antti adjusted a few bolts with a small multi-tool thing he had. I don't think anyone else had anything like that, and this was another lesson for me. Mechanical issues can pop up any time, so I should have some basic tools with me. If I was going to spend the weight to have some tools, I wanted to get something that would actually be useful, so I ordered this Crank Brothers tool. It's a little heavy and has mixed reviews, so here's keeping my fingers crossed.

We continued as a group until we got to a turnoff that lead back to Kyoto. I had intended to return at this point anyway, since I had family things to do myself. Four of us headed back via a small mountain road.

Then I got my first flat as a cyclist.

Sad Tire 9:29 AM (+3h 13m) - 45 km (27.8 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sad Tire
9:29 AM (+3h 13m) - 45 km (27.8 miles)

The others were in a rush just to get home in the cold rain, and there was nothing they could do while I changed the flat, so I told them to continue on.

I'd never changed a flat, nor even seen it done except in a couple of YouTube videos that I watched some months ago. But it turned out to be straightforward to change the tube, and aside from the most dirty I think my hands have ever gotten, there were no problems.

Change in Progress 9:40 AM (+3h 24m) - 45 km (27.8 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Change in Progress
9:40 AM (+3h 24m) - 45 km (27.8 miles)
Looks Like a Half -Eaten Carcass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 43mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Looks Like a Half-Eaten Carcass

The new tube was in and filled, and I was about ready to put the wheel back onto the bike when I had the bright idea to actually check the tread to see whether I could find what caused the flat. If there was a nail or something in there, it'd just pop the new tube right away.

I wasn't quite prepared for what I found:

Ridiculously Bad Shape -- Woody Keihoku (ウッディー京北) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ridiculously Bad Shape

This is not a tire that's just gone bad... this tire has apparently been beyond bad for a long time. This wear extends around much of one half of the tire, and it's unfathomable how neither I nor the mechanics who have worked on my bike over the last months have not noticed it. This is worse than first noticing you're pregnant because the baby just fell out.

I knew immediately that I was in trouble, because with a huge hole worn through the tire, there was nothing to protect the tube. I actually got a few very-careful kilometers on it, enough to get to a convenience store and wash my hands, but it soon was flat again.

I was 50km (30 miles) from home, in the middle of nowhere, with a bike I couldn't ride.

Thankfully, my father-in-law could come and pick me up. I pushed the bike to a michi no eki (道の駅) that was conveniently close and waited.

Dad Saves the Day 11:50 AM -- Woody Keihoku (ウッディー京北) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 43mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dad Saves the Day
11:50 AM

Cycling Along the River from Kyoto To Osaka Castle
Typical Preflight Camaraderie 7:21 AM across from Sanjo Starbucks, Kyoto Japan (京都市 の 三条大橋) -- Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋) -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Preflight Camaraderie
7:21 AM
across from Sanjo Starbucks, Kyoto Japan (京都市三条大橋)

今回のサイクリングは京都大阪妙見山(豊能郡)京都でした。この記事大阪城までの分を含めている。

For our Wednesday ride this week, the plan was to cycle down to Osaka and see the city a bit, then slog up through the dense suburbia to the mountains, then up and over them back to Kyoto.

This post is about 49-km (31-mile) ride from Kyoto to Osaka, primarily on bike paths along the rivers that cut through the concrete jungle filling the flatlands between mountains (the concrete jungle seen in this long shot of the Osaka skyline from Kyoto).

Heading Down to the Kamo River 7:38 AM (+9 min) - 2.8 km (1.8 miles) taken while cycling at 14 kph (9 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down to the Kamo River
7:38 AM (+9 min) - 2.8 km (1.8 miles)
taken while cycling at 14 kph (9 mph)

This time I've based the time (+9 min above) and distance (2.8 km above) under each photo on the start of the group ride, rather than (as in previous cycling posts) from when I left my house.

Within Kyoto City proper, the path along the river is really a bunch of path segments haphazardly connected by trips across bridges, around people's homes, and sometimes on the street. The track of the ride at Strava can show you the way if you'd like to make the trip yourself sometime. In our case, we were led by veteran rider Manseki Kanemitsu (who appeared on my blog yesterday in a shot from this outing).

Down Close to the River 7:48 AM (+18 min) - 6.5 km (4.0 miles) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Down Close to the River
7:48 AM (+18 min) - 6.5 km (4.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
Above the River 7:53 AM (+24 min) - 9.1 km (5.7 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 54mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Above the River
7:53 AM (+24 min) - 9.1 km (5.7 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
“ All the Happiness ” on a well-used path away from traffic 7:54 AM (+25 min) - 9.7 km (6.0 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
All the Happiness
on a well-used path away from traffic
7:54 AM (+25 min) - 9.7 km (6.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Excellent View of Utility Cables very typical Japan 7:58 AM (+29 min) - 11 km (7.1 miles) taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Excellent View of Utility Cables
very typical Japan
7:58 AM (+29 min) - 11 km (7.1 miles)
taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph)
Small-Plot Farming individuals making use of the fertile flood plain between the path and the river 7:58 AM (+29 min) - 12 km (7.2 miles) taken while cycling at 33 kph (21 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Small-Plot Farming
individuals making use of the fertile flood plain between the path and the river
7:58 AM (+29 min) - 12 km (7.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 33 kph (21 mph)
Temporary Detour 8:01 AM (+32 min) - 13 km (8.1 miles) taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Temporary Detour
8:01 AM (+32 min) - 13 km (8.1 miles)
taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph)
Rush-Hour Traffic one of these gentleman is on this ride 8:02 AM (+33 min) - 14 km (8.5 miles) taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rush-Hour Traffic
one of these gentleman is on this ride
8:02 AM (+33 min) - 14 km (8.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)
Dipping Under Traffic 8:02 AM (+33 min) - 14 km (8.6 miles) taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dipping Under Traffic
8:02 AM (+33 min) - 14 km (8.6 miles)
taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph)
Racing Form Michael Edwards overtakes me at a brisk clip 8:07 AM (+38 min) - 16 km (10.1 miles) taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Racing Form
Michael Edwards overtakes me at a brisk clip
8:07 AM (+38 min) - 16 km (10.1 miles)
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)
Sidestepping Over Merging Rivers 8:08 AM (+39 min) - 17 km (10.4 miles) taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sidestepping Over Merging Rivers
8:08 AM (+39 min) - 17 km (10.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph)

Here we cross from riding along the Kamo River, over both the Uji River and the Kitsu River, just above the point they all merge to become the mighty Yodo River. Even though it had been eight years since I'd been there, I recognized it right away as the location of Cherry Blossoms in the Middle of Three Rivers, about the mile-long island where these rivers come together, completely covered by cherry trees.

I'd definitely like to come back here next spring.

Once we get alongside the Yodo River, the path opens up to a wide, pristinely-smooth blacktop.

Pristine Wide Smooth Path ( the line of darker trees across the background are all cherry ) ここからしばらくめちゃ良いな川治パース 8:10 AM (+41 min) - 18 km (10.9 miles) taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pristine Wide Smooth Path
( the line of darker trees across the background are all cherry )
ここからしばらくめちゃ良いな川治パース
8:10 AM (+41 min) - 18 km (10.9 miles)
taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph)
Gorm Attack! ( “ Attack ” is a cycle-racing term for an aggressive move to distance yourself from followers) 8:11 AM (+42 min) - 18 km (11.1 miles) taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gorm Attack!
(Attack is a cycle-racing term for an aggressive move to distance yourself from followers)
8:11 AM (+42 min) - 18 km (11.1 miles)
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)

I've still got to get the hang of my new camera for cycling. For the kind of side-shot above, I wanted a slow enough shutter to blur the background and the wheels, but I didn't do it nearly enough.

I would have liked to experiment more, but there's only so much Jeffrey I can subject these guys to.

So speaking of subjecting them to me, with the path so wonderfully wide, I thought a lined-up-abreast shot might be nice, so I had them line up...

Three Musketeers 8:13 AM (+44 min) - 19 km (12.0 miles) taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Musketeers
8:13 AM (+44 min) - 19 km (12.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph)

... then I asked them to pretend to attack, but they all instinctively put on the afterburners and even though I tried to accelerate with them, they left me in the dust. A mere eight seconds after the shot above, they were red-shifting away from me...

8 Seconds Later 8:14 AM (+44 min) - 19 km (12.0 miles) taken while cycling at 35 kph (22 mph) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
8 Seconds Later
8:14 AM (+44 min) - 19 km (12.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 35 kph (22 mph)
8:18 AM (+48 min) - 21 km (13.3 miles) taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph) -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
8:18 AM (+48 min) - 21 km (13.3 miles)
taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph)
Stupid Most-Hated Gates この馬鹿なバイク止めはめちゃ邪魔。別な方法もうないの? 8:21 AM (+52 min) - 23 km (14.3 miles) -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stupid Most-Hated Gates
この馬鹿なバイク止めはめちゃ邪魔。別な方法もうないの?
8:21 AM (+52 min) - 23 km (14.3 miles)

The name in Japanese of these moronic gates is バイク止め (anti-motorcycle gate), but in practice they are anti-ankle, anti-derailleur, anti-progress gates. There are about a dozen of them on the route we took.

Above, Michael is passing through incorrectly. Manseki had shown Gorm and me a month earlier, so Gorm knew the correct (though visually-comical) way...

Proper Technique 正しい通り方 -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Proper Technique
正しい通り方
High-Speed Chat with the wide, smooth path and lack of traffic, we had ample opportunity to chat 8:25 AM (+56 min) - 25 km (15.7 miles) taken while cycling at 33 kph (20 mph) -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
High-Speed Chat
with the wide, smooth path and lack of traffic, we had ample opportunity to chat
8:25 AM (+56 min) - 25 km (15.7 miles)
taken while cycling at 33 kph (20 mph)
8:33 AM (+1h 4m) - 29 km (18.0 miles) taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph) -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
8:33 AM (+1h 4m) - 29 km (18.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph)
Manseki Attack! 金光万石 さんの アタック の 真似 8:38 AM (+1h 9m) - 32 km (19.7 miles) taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph) -- Hirakata, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manseki Attack!
金光万石さんのアタック真似
8:38 AM (+1h 9m) - 32 km (19.7 miles)
taken while cycling at 34 kph (21 mph)

Manseki used to be a professional athlete (skiing), so he's used to putting on his game face for the camera.

Unlike yesterday's Manseki Attack! photo that resulted from a camera mistake on my part, this one was exposed properly, but I like yesterday's result so sort of went in the same direction for this one.

I wanted to do similar treatments for Michael and Gorm, but I didn't have an appropriate base photo to start with. :-(

Stuck in Traffic 渋滞 8:42 AM (+1h 12m) - 33 km (20.6 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (17 mph) -- Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stuck in Traffic
渋滞
8:42 AM (+1h 12m) - 33 km (20.6 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (17 mph)
First View of Downtown Osaka if you zoom way up you can barely make out the hazy outline of some skyscrapers 大阪市内はちらっと見る 8:47 AM (+1h 18m) - 36 km (22.2 miles) taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
First View of Downtown Osaka
if you zoom way up you can barely make out the hazy outline of some skyscrapers
大阪市内はちらっと見る
8:47 AM (+1h 18m) - 36 km (22.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)
Balancing 僕、時速28キロで動いてるけれども、動いてないみたい 8:53 AM (+1h 23m) - 38 km (23.8 miles) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu, while cycling at 28 kph (17 mph) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Balancing
僕、時速28キロで動いてるけれども、動いてないみたい
8:53 AM (+1h 23m) - 38 km (23.8 miles)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu, while cycling at 28 kph (17 mph)

This shot by Manseki illustrates why I need to pay attention to the shutter speed... at 1/1,000th of a second, the lack of blur in the wheels makes it look like I'm standing still. I'm not that well balanced.

Gone Fishing 9:01 AM (+1h 32m) - 43 km (26.5 miles) taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gone Fishing
9:01 AM (+1h 32m) - 43 km (26.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph)
First Good View of Osaka やっと大阪市内ははっきり見えます 9:05 AM (+1h 36m) - 44 km (27.5 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
First Good View of Osaka
やっと大阪市内ははっきり見えます
9:05 AM (+1h 36m) - 44 km (27.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph)

Just as we got to the city proper, we departed the Yodo River to head south, which involved climbing up the berm protecting the city from a flooding river...

Flying Uphill 9:07 AM (+1h 38m) - 45 km (28.0 miles) taken while cycling at 7 kph (5 mph) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Flying Uphill
9:07 AM (+1h 38m) - 45 km (28.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 7 kph (5 mph)

The last of these ridiculous gates...

Ridiculous Gates #173 9:07 AM (+1h 38m) - 45 km (28.1 miles) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 58mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ridiculous Gates #173
9:07 AM (+1h 38m) - 45 km (28.1 miles)

What's really insidious about these gates is that the height and shape of the two sets of ankle-biting parallel bars is different for each gate in a comically-random fashion, meaning that you can never get the hang of them. It wouldn't surprise me if someone from the Municipal Department of Annoyances changes them each night, just to garner more ankles and derailleurs from the unsuspecting.

Gorm Apparently Likes the Gates photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Gorm Apparently Likes the Gates
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

We followed the creatively-named Oogawa (Big River) south for a bit, along a long pleasant riverside park...

Nicely-Shaded Path as the sun is finally out from the overcast of the morning 9:15 AM (+1h 46m) - 48 km (29.8 miles) taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nicely-Shaded Path
as the sun is finally out from the overcast of the morning
9:15 AM (+1h 46m) - 48 km (29.8 miles)
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)
Less-Convenient Path 9:19 AM (+1h 50m) - 49 km (30.5 miles) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Less-Convenient Path
9:19 AM (+1h 50m) - 49 km (30.5 miles)
Time to Rest 9:26 AM (+1h 56m) - 49 km (30.7 miles) at Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Time to Rest
9:26 AM (+1h 56m) - 49 km (30.7 miles)
at Osaka Castle (大阪城)

Our destination for the first stop was Osaka Castle, which last appeared on my blog almost eight years ago.

Typical Photo Squat -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Photo Squat
Michael Edwards -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Michael Edwards
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Crossing the Moat the dots on the bridge are Gorm, Manseki, and Michael ( another dot and a building in the background were removed in post ) -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Crossing the Moat
the dots on the bridge are Gorm, Manseki, and Michael
( another dot and a building in the background were removed in post )
Steep Climb Up the Final Rampart taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph) -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Climb Up the Final Rampart
taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph)
Photo Op -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op
Tour of the Grounds taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph) -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tour of the Grounds
taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph)

At the vending-machine stop before leaving the park, I noticed this helpful city service:

Can,Pet only do not dispose of trash, children, or bottles here -- Osaka Castle (大阪城) -- Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Can,Pet only
do not dispose of trash, children, or bottles here

To be continued...
続く...


Manseki on the Attack: Serendipitous Camera Mistake
Serendipitous Camera Mistake Manseki Kanemitsu flys by -- Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Serendipitous Camera Mistake
Manseki Kanemitsu flys by

昨日サイクリングをして大阪へ行きました。途中金光万石さんの写真撮ったけれども、カメラの設定のミスのせいでかなり露出過度にしまった。 写真は良くなかったが、ソフトで調整してから上の結果を出せました。結果本人と同じ位格好良いだと思います。

Out on a cycle ride to Osaka yesterday, I snapped a photo of cycling buddy Manseki Kanemitsu as we road. The photo was wildly overexposed due to a camera-settings mistake on my part, but with some futzing in Lightroom I made something of it that I like.

I was using the new Panasonic LX100 that I wrote about the other day, but trying it in a different mode where I control both the shutter speed and aperture, and let the camera adjust the image-sensor sensitivity to suit the specific brightness of the moment. In this case I wanted a slower shutter so that movement in the frame (the wheels and the background) were blurred, but I neglected to realize that the scene was simply too bright for the settings I'd chosen, and so even though the camera lowered the image-sensor sensitivity to its lowest, it was still overwhelmed by the flurry of photons.

It's just as well, because the result above is probably more cool than what I would have gotten with proper settings. I'll take it.


Cycling to Miyama with Gorm
Leaving Kyoto via Arashiyama 7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles) taken while cycling at 8 kph (5 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving Kyoto via Arashiyama
7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles)
taken while cycling at 8 kph (5 mph)

On Wednesday Gorm and I did a 140km (88 mile) cycling ride to Miyama. It had 2,350m (7,800') of vertical climb, and though just a few days prior I had done a much tougher ride, this is the one that wiped me out.

The 7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles) note under the photo above means that it was taken at 7:31am, an hour and 8 minutes of rest and travel (and 13km of travel) after I'd left my house; this kind of note is under each photo to help give a sense of travel.

Slight Detour our main route goes to the left; a surprise awaits to the right 7:32 AM (+1h 9m) - 13 km (8 miles) taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Slight Detour
our main route goes to the left; a surprise awaits to the right
7:32 AM (+1h 9m) - 13 km (8 miles)
taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph)
Quick Peek at the delightfully-whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) 7:35 AM (+1h 12m) - 13 km (8.3 miles) -- 愛宕寺前(バス) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Peek
at the delightfully-whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺)
7:35 AM (+1h 12m) - 13 km (8.3 miles)

Our route took us over a road that I'd not been on since this trip six years ago. It was my first time by bike, and though the climb was long, it wasn't particularly steep. Going down afterwards is always nice...

Heading Down 8:44 AM (+2h 21m) - 29 km (18 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down
8:44 AM (+2h 21m) - 29 km (18 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Nice Scenery 8:47 AM (+2h 24m) - 31 km (19 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Scenery
8:47 AM (+2h 24m) - 31 km (19 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph)
Re-Entering the Forest for the most lovely downhill segment I've seen yet 8:56 AM (+2h 33m) - 33 km (20.5 miles) taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Re-Entering the Forest
for the most lovely downhill segment I've seen yet
8:56 AM (+2h 33m) - 33 km (20.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph)

Sadly, some time soon after taking the photo above, I somehow bumped my camera from its normal raw-format mode to low-quality JPEG mode, and I didn't notice for the rest of the trip. )-:

But this segment of road was just gorgeous, and I probably couldn't capture it well reagardless of camera settings.

8:58 AM (+2h 35m) - 34 km (21 miles) taken while cycling at 20 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
8:58 AM (+2h 35m) - 34 km (21 miles)
taken while cycling at 20 kph (13 mph)
9:01 AM (+2h 38m) - 36 km (22 miles) taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 116mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
9:01 AM (+2h 38m) - 36 km (22 miles)
taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph)
I Never Get Tired of taking selfies in Gorm's sunglasses ( but perhaps this is the first one I've posted ) 9:10 AM (+2h 47m) - 39 km (24 miles) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
I Never Get Tired
of taking selfies in Gorm's sunglasses
( but perhaps this is the first one I've posted )
9:10 AM (+2h 47m) - 39 km (24 miles)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
Driveway to someone's house 9:26 AM (+3h 3m) - 44 km (27 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Driveway
to someone's house
9:26 AM (+3h 3m) - 44 km (27 miles)

We made a brief stop at the pretty farmstead I'd flown by on a ride two weeks prior. I really like the look.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cute Bus Stop right next door -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cute Bus Stop
right next door
Precarious Parking not an inch to spare 9:37 AM (+3h 14m) - 45 km (28 miles) taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Precarious Parking
not an inch to spare
9:37 AM (+3h 14m) - 45 km (28 miles)
taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph)
Abandoned House 9:38 AM (+3h 15m) - 46 km (28.4 miles) taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Abandoned House
9:38 AM (+3h 15m) - 46 km (28.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph)
“ No Guardrail ” Road now has a guardrail 9:43 AM (+3h 20m) - 47 km (30 miles) taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Guardrail Road
now has a guardrail
9:43 AM (+3h 20m) - 47 km (30 miles)
taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph)
Revisiting This Spot that led this post two weeks ago 10:20 AM (+3h 57m) - 54 km (34 miles) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Revisiting This Spot
that led this post two weeks ago
10:20 AM (+3h 57m) - 54 km (34 miles)
Manual Labor in a rice field 11:10 AM (+4h 47m) - 63 km (39 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/8000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manual Labor
in a rice field
11:10 AM (+4h 47m) - 63 km (39 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Even More Manual 11:42 AM (+5h 19m) - 71 km (44 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Even More Manual
11:42 AM (+5h 19m) - 71 km (44 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph)
Arriving in Miyama 11:53 AM (+5h 30m) - 75 km (46 miles) Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving in Miyama
11:53 AM (+5h 30m) - 75 km (46 miles)
Miyama

We finally arrived in Miyama, the small picturesque village at the midpoint of our trip. A trio of other cyclists had arrived at the same time.

Painter he has a wide variety of... esoteric... stuff 11:54 AM (+5h 31m) - 75 km (46 miles) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Painter
he has a wide variety of... esoteric... stuff
11:54 AM (+5h 31m) - 75 km (46 miles)
Snack Time! Miyama cafe “ Saika ” (美山 にあるカフェ 「彩花」) -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Snack Time!
Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」)
Bifurated Seating our seats were half in, half out, all perfect ( I realize that this is not the proper use of the word “ bifurcate ” , but I claim artistic license.) -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bifurated Seating
our seats were half in, half out, all perfect
(I realize that this is not the proper use of the word bifurcate, but I claim artistic license.)
Coffee and Ice Cream both were good -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Coffee and Ice Cream
both were good
Thatch with Thick Moss Layer across from the cafe -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/2500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Thatch with Thick Moss Layer
across from the cafe
Continuing Through Town 12:28 PM (+6h 5m) - 75 km (47 miles) taken while cycling at 11 kph (7 mph) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Continuing Through Town
12:28 PM (+6h 5m) - 75 km (47 miles)
taken while cycling at 11 kph (7 mph)
Wimping Out walking down a 30% slope showing his can of Coke as an excuse (because he'd need two hands for the handlebars and one for the Coke) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wimping Out
walking down a 30% slope
showing his can of Coke as an excuse
(because he'd need two hands for the handlebars and one for the Coke)
View from the Top -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Top

At Gorm's suggestion, I rode up it so that I could create a segment on Strava for it, which I dubbed Miyama Mini Nasty in reference to the Nasty 21% slope shown here.

This segment is steeper, but much shorter.... way too short to be a practically-usable segment, but if someone's got an accurate 1Hz GPS unit, they can have some fun trying to register a fast time.

The road surface of the slope is white concrete, which stands out against the black asphalt of the road leading to and from the slope, so I made the white concrete section the limits of the segment boundaries. This extends the length of the segment to include a flat area at the top, so the overall average slope goes down to 20% (10.8m rise over 55m length), but the main part of the slope is much steeper.

I did it twice (once in 19 seconds, then again in 23 seconds), but Strava noticed only one attempt and credited me with 17 seconds for some reason. Anyway, that was a bit of fun.

Leaving Miyama 12:41 PM (+6h 18m) - 76 km (47 miles) taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving Miyama
12:41 PM (+6h 18m) - 76 km (47 miles)
taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph)
There's that Short Steep Slope to the left of center, with two people walking up -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
There's that Short Steep Slope
to the left of center, with two people walking up

The most difficult parts of the ride remained, and I was mentally not looking forward to them because I'd done them in reverse before (here) and if I've seen a mountain road only as a downhill slope, then I find it really rough to think about doing it uphill. It feels counter-intuitive, but these roads feel much longer to me going down than going up.

Once I've done it uphill then I have a different kind of apprehension as I approach it next time, but for today I'd have to do for the first time Sasari Pass from the west, and Hanase Pass from the north, and I was dreading it.

So I put the camera away and just did them, slowly.

At least the last bit of the last climb was a repeat of the return from Cowbell, and I made a new PR on that segment by a few seconds, so that was nice.

I was really wiped out. After the 230km ride around Lake Biwa last week I felt great, and last weekend I felt just fine after a 115km ride with a personal-best 2,660m (8,750') of climb, but this ride today wiped me out.

I probably need mental training more than physical.