Awesome Cycle Outing: Revisiting My First Real Mountain Ride
Happy at the Start of a Long Ride along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan 8:51am - taken while moving at 20 kph (12 mph) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy at the Start of a Long Ride
along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan
8:51am - taken while moving at 20 kph (12 mph)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

If you would have told me half a year ago that I would be riding a bicycle as far as 10km, I would have never believed you. Bicycles where for places too close for a taxi or my scooter or a car.

It's amazing how giving it a try can change your opinion about something.

On Thursday I retraced the path I took on my first real ride last February, covered in Attempting a 100km Bikeride in the Mountains of Kyoto, Part 1: Hanase Pass and then Part 2: the Last 70km. The tough part of this ride is not the distance, which turns out to be about 92km (57 miles), but the long unrelenting steep slopes. It was my first real ride because I didn't know any better... it's a pretty tough ride.

So, three months later I have some experience under my belt, I thought I'd try it again. I was happy to be joined by ironman rider Manseki Kanemitsu, whom I met two months ago in A Bicycle Ride to the Kuuya-taki Waterfall.

This tough 90+km ride on Thursday followed a ride the previous day that, though shorter and with less hills, was nevertheless pretty intense. So doing this longer/tougher ride the next very next day felt all the more of an accomplishment.

A Beautiful Day in Kyoto 8:53am - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
A Beautiful Day in Kyoto
8:53am - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

I brought along my Nikon D700, which is smaller than my regular Nikon D4, and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, but had them packed in the rear bag at first. I had to pull them out when we stopped to pick up some drinks...

Always Stylish Manseki has a coffee before we hit the mountains 9:09am -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/8000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Always Stylish
Manseki has a coffee before we hit the mountains
9:09am

The route we took (here), like the first time (here), took us up to the same Hanase Pass that I'd done the previous day, so this made my fourth ascent. I had the camera with me, but left it in the rear pack, so concentrated on the tough climb.

The previous day my main goal had been don't quit, and the secondary goal don't stop. I felt good today when I realized that don't quit was now a given and that don't stop had become my primary goal.

I was pleased when I returned home to check the stats... I made the main climb (from Kurama Hot Springs to the pass) in 36:50, beating the previous day's record by almost two minutes, and the first time by more than 10 minutes:


New Personal Best!

After descending the other side, I stopped at a vending machine in the next village to get something to drink, the first of about seven half-liter bottles I ended up buying along the way. And it wasn't even hot (it was about 23°C/73°F).

Small Village with the sign for the coffee shop Cowbell 10:41am -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/8000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Small Village
with the sign for the coffee shop Cowbell
10:41am

The coffee shop that I'd stopped at yesterday was closed, so we continued north.

The farther north we moved, the more the cherry blossoms were still out. We came across a tree with blossoms the same color as Manseki's shirt, so I had to pull the camera out again...

Matching 11:00am -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/6400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Matching
11:00am
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/8000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/8000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty Countryside 11:23am - taken while moving at 25 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/5000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty Countryside
11:23am - taken while moving at 25 kph (15 mph)

It was an absolutely-beautiful day in a beautiful countryside, though the photos don't get it across well.

11:27am - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
11:27am - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph)
Preparation for Planting 11:28am - taken while moving at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Preparation for Planting
11:28am - taken while moving at 23 kph (14 mph)

The small valleys we rode through were filled with small family farming plots, many busy with activity in preparation for the next rice crop.

House in the Countryside 11:29am - taken while moving at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
House in the Countryside
11:29am - taken while moving at 24 kph (15 mph)
11:30am - taken while moving at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
11:30am - taken while moving at 24 kph (15 mph)
11:32am - taken while moving at 18 kph (11 mph) -- 杓子屋(バス) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/2500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
11:32am - taken while moving at 18 kph (11 mph)
Friendly Chat Manseki chats with an old lady at the river in front of her house 11:39am - taken while moving at 20 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Friendly Chat
Manseki chats with an old lady at the river in front of her house
11:39am - taken while moving at 20 kph (13 mph)
11:44am - taken while moving at 11 kph (7 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1600 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
11:44am - taken while moving at 11 kph (7 mph)
11:46am - taken while moving at 40 kph (25 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
11:46am - taken while moving at 40 kph (25 mph)
Heading Up to Nomi Pass 11:50am - taken while moving at 21 kph (13 mph) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Up to Nomi Pass
11:50am - taken while moving at 21 kph (13 mph)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
11:51am - taken while moving at 21 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
11:51am - taken while moving at 21 kph (13 mph)
Gutting It Out 12:01pm - arriving at Nomi Pass, elevation 653m 能見峠 (標高653m)の到着 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/2000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Gutting It Out
12:01pm - arriving at Nomi Pass, elevation 653m
能見峠 (標高653m)の到着

Less snow this time, unlike last time.

This climb is intensely steep for a short distance, but overall much shorter/easier than I remember from the February trip. Still, I was tired.

Wasted photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/1250 sec, f/3.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wasted
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

For the last few years I've not really needed to eat much during the day, and will often have nothing to eat until evening, even on days that I do heavy exercise at the gym. But today I was really tired, in the drained of energy sense. In preparation for the trip I'd had breakfast, which I seldom do these days, so that I'd have energy, but by this point I was just weary.

So, we paused a bit for the snacks we'd brought...

My Lunch a natto rice roll photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
My Lunch
a natto rice roll
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

After an all-too-short 8-minute break, we headed down the other side of Nomi Pass. It's very steep and even without snow we couldn't go fast. It took eight minutes to travel the 3km, descending 220m through sharp twisty curves, and it the incessant downward pressure on my wrists hurt quite a bit.

Emerging from the Mountain 12:18pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph) (compare to this photo in February -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/3200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Emerging from the Mountain
12:18pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph)
(compare to this photo in February)
More Pleasant Countryside 12:19pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/6400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
More Pleasant Countryside
12:19pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph)
12:19pm - taken while moving at 36 kph (22 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/3200 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
12:19pm - taken while moving at 36 kph (22 mph)
“ Action Shot ” of Me how I take photos while riding on smooth terrain 12:21pm - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.1, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Action Shot of Me
how I take photos while riding on smooth terrain
12:21pm - taken while moving at 16 kph (10 mph)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
12:26pm - taken while moving at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/2500 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
12:26pm - taken while moving at 19 kph (12 mph)
Oops 12:30pm - popped my chain, but fixed in a jiff photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.1, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops
12:30pm - popped my chain, but fixed in a jiff
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Did I Mention that it was (at times) a really pleasant ride? 12:34pm - taken while moving at 38 kph (24 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/800 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Did I Mention
that it was (at times) a really pleasant ride?
12:34pm - taken while moving at 38 kph (24 mph)
Pause for a Real Lunch in the middle of nowhere, though technically still in the same ward of Kyoto City where the trip started! -- ダイニングcafe いろは -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/6400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Pause for a Real Lunch
in the middle of nowhere, though technically still in the same ward of Kyoto City where the trip started!
Bon Appétit at ダイニングcafe いろは -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Bon Appétit
at ダイニングcafe いろは

After lunch came my biggest regret, to pack the camera away before continuing. I thought we were close to Route 367, which I recall as nothing more than a means to get home (I've taken it many times by car), so I didn't think there'd be anything photogenic, but it turns out that the next few kilometers before getting there were the most pretty of the trip.

About to Arrive to Route 367 1:42pm - taken while moving at 14 kph (9 mph) photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
About to Arrive to Route 367
1:42pm - taken while moving at 14 kph (9 mph)
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

Even Route 367 was filled with beautiful scenery that I'd just never noticed from the car, so eventually I had to pull out the camera...

Stacked Wood on the side of Route 367; 1:56pm -- 木戸口(バス) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1600 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Stacked Wood
on the side of Route 367; 1:56pm
Pretty Curves though still uphill at this point 2:06pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph) -- 木戸口(バス) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty Curves
though still uphill at this point
2:06pm - taken while moving at 26 kph (16 mph)

From where we entered Route 367 to Kyoto City proper has six tunnels, all of which are dangerous on a bicycle when moving from north to south as we were, because all of them are uphill. When moving away from the city, the stretches with tunnels are downhill and you can apparently get enough speed to move with traffic, so don't have to worry (so much) about being creamed from behind.

When I did this route in February, I had no clue about any of this so I blindly (figuratively and almost literally) went through the tunnels, but Manseki's experience and wisdom knew a better way.

Route 367 has likely existed in some form or another for 1,000 years, certainly from before tunnel technology came to Japan, so each modern tunnel bypasses an original section of particularly twisty mountain road that, to some extent, still exists.

Bypassed Road 2:10pm - taken while moving at 17 kph (11 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/640 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bypassed Road
2:10pm - taken while moving at 17 kph (11 mph)

The bypassed roads for the two shortest tunnels were impassable due to construction, but since the tunnels were short, we tried to barrel through them quickly, making sure our lights were on. (I keep my rear light on whenever I ride anyway, as a matter of policy.)

About To (Hopefully) Defy Death 2:18pm - taken while moving at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/640 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
About To (Hopefully) Defy Death
2:18pm - taken while moving at 19 kph (12 mph)

Manseki set a blistering (for me) pace in the tunnel because he has a particular aversion to them, having been sent to the hospital after getting rear-ended in one some years back. That's at least better than the cyclist who was killed last week in a tunnel in the countryside south of Tokyo. 🙁

Turnoff -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Turnoff

We were able to bypass the 730m-long Hanaore Tunnel by taking a closed road that goes up 100m to Hanaore Pass. The road is not passable by car, but it's still okay by bicycle. We had to lift our bikes over a chain at the beginning and end.

Plowing Up 2:30pm - the start of a short but fairly steep climb photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 28mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Plowing Up
2:30pm - the start of a short but fairly steep climb
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Road of Questionable Condition 2:32pm -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Road of Questionable Condition
2:32pm
Quite Steep 2:35pm - taken while moving at 6 kph (4 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Quite Steep
2:35pm - taken while moving at 6 kph (4 mph)
Photo Op at the Top 2:39pm - Hanaore Pass (花折峠) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Photo Op at the Top
2:39pm - Hanaore Pass (花折峠)
View of Rt 367 2:48pm - after having descended half way back down -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View of Rt 367
2:48pm - after having descended half way back down
“ Stop ” 2:49pm - “ Best to get off and walk along this section ” -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Stop
2:49pm - Best to get off and walk along this section

He hadn't noticed the rocks at first, having been hidden beneath the accumulated leaves and such, but the rocks littering the road in this area were of a particularly sharp variety that can easily cause tire punctures, he said.

Sharp Rock -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sharp Rock

He'd been with half a dozen friends the past weekend on a long (150km) ride that also encountered this kind of rock, leading to four flats among the group. My first thought was that I'd ridden on rocks many times without having given it a thought, but when it comes to cycling I'll certainly defer to Manseki's wisdom.

And I'm glad I did, because a minute later he realized that he'd already gotten a puncture before stopping me.

Bubbly Hole -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/4000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bubbly Hole

It was a slow leak (he has tubular tires), so he deemed it safe to ride for a while farther, so we continued down carefully.

We eventually came to see why the road was closed:

“ Lane Narrows ” -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Lane Narrows

Once we made it back to Route 367, we were treated to super-twisty high-speed downhill cutbacks that cover 1.1km to transverse less than 200m of distance. Unlike the first time I took these in February, there was no traffic, so in theory we could really hit them hard, but with his tire situation we took them slower...

Taking it Easy 2:57pm - taken while moving at 38 kph (23 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/6400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Taking it Easy
2:57pm - taken while moving at 38 kph (23 mph)

After the road straightens out, I stopped to show Manseki the steps to Kyoto's I Fall Tower, which he'd not noticed before. My excuse not to climb the 300+ steps this time was that he had cycling shoes with clips on the bottom. Plus, I was tired.

While we were there, I noticed this guy going the other way (up toward those steep curves)...

Interesting 3:04pm - interesting that he bothered with a reflective ankle bracelet, but no helmet -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Interesting
3:04pm - interesting that he bothered with a reflective ankle bracelet, but no helmet

Anyway, it was time for Manseki to attend to his slow leak by injecting some sealant in...

Taking the Tire Off -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1600 sec, f/3.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Taking the Tire Off
Adding Sealant -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/320 sec, f/3.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Adding Sealant
Replacing the Valve -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/2500 sec, f/1.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Replacing the Valve
Tire Back On -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Tire Back On

And we were on our way, and in another hour were home.

Back at home, I was tired, but in much better shape than the first time.

Overall it was about 93km, a bit longer than the first time due to going around the tunnels. It took about as long overall because we stopped often this time to rest and photograph and just enjoy ourselves (and repair the occasional tire). All and all it was a great ride.


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