Epic Preview of an Epic Cycling Adventure with Andy and Nigel
Epic River Forging the waterfall is from the road to where the road's been washed out -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic River Forging
the waterfall is from the road to where the road's been washed out

They said Road Closed, but no road is closed on an epic day of epic cycling done epically.

I wasn't originally planning to cycle today, but a hastily arranged plan for a short ride to attempt the most-heinous Momoi Pass (east) while riding clipped in without falling or otherwise stopping.

But in the end no only did I conquer that personal goal, I went on to have the most epic cycling adventure with Andy Clark and Nigel Randell.

The ride was only 100km (62mi) long, with only 1,841m (6,040') of elevation gain, but it was epic and I'm too exhausted this evening to write about it properly. So, for now, just a few highlights...

Epic Friendship lion sheds a tear of happiness to witness such friendship -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Friendship
lion sheds a tear of happiness to witness such friendship
Epic Selfie look what impact with a Canyon did to those cars ( and apparently Andy's face ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.1, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Selfie
look what impact with a Canyon did to those cars
( and apparently Andy's face )
Epic Gravel -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Gravel

We were so close to turning around, but we forged on, to be rewarded with...

Epic Elevation at least for Kyoto; 888m elevation Minetoko Pass (峰床峠) -- Minetoko Pass (峰床峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Elevation
at least for Kyoto; 888m elevation
Minetoko Pass (峰床峠)
Epic Views during/after a rain 1:48 PM (from start: 4h 43m / 47 km / 29.5 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 38mm — 1/80 sec, f/13, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Views
during/after a rain
1:48 PM (from start: 4h 43m / 47 km / 29.5 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 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Barriers it was either this or retrace hours' worth of ride -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Barriers
it was either this or retrace hours' worth of ride
Very Epic Socks “ Do Epic Stuff ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Very Epic Socks
Do Epic Stuff
Epic Hospitality we were freezing; she opened the restaurant for us and fed us hot food Iroha Cafe (いろはカフェ) -- Iroha Cafe (いろはカフェ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Hospitality
we were freezing; she opened the restaurant for us and fed us hot food
Iroha Cafe (いろはカフェ)
Epic Washed-Out Road this is the area before it starts to get bad -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Washed-Out Road
this is the area before it starts to get bad

We forged a river for a while, until we got to a spot where the road still actually existed under the water, then could more or less ride again, though the water hid some nasty surprises like open drains just waiting to suck us in. I was most worried about falling and getting the camera wet, but we made it.

Epic Riding back on the road, so to speak -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Riding
back on the road, so to speak
Epic Tunnel Dash we could go around, but didn't want to take the time -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/25 sec, f/1.7, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Tunnel Dash
we could go around, but didn't want to take the time
Epic Curves taken while cycling at 38 kph (24 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Epic Curves
taken while cycling at 38 kph (24 mph)
Epic... Uh.... (never mind) photo by Andy Clark now I know what happens when I give my camera to Andy -- 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
Epic... Uh.... (never mind)
photo by Andy Clark
now I know what happens when I give my camera to Andy

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Some epic photos too! Love the one in the tunnel.

While we were riding the long gravel road north of Momoi, Nigel commented that you’d absolutely love to do it on your motorbike. Just be careful… if you go in when the gate is open, but find it closed on your return, you’re pretty much stuck! Absolutely impassable by a motorcycle when the gate is closed (which I’m sure is the intention; I wish they’d put バイク止 there so bicycles can pass more easily.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim Randell on September 17th, 2015 at 8:17am JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I agree with Tim, these photos are totally epic. Everything you do with a camera becomes awesome. Although, it appears that Andy guy is pretty good at selfies 😉 One of the highlights of CK is the anticipation and viewing of your blog and seeing the epic “stuff” we do as documented through your lens. Thanks 🙂

— comment by Super Mario Kyoto on September 19th, 2015 at 11:53am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink
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