Bridget and Sarah’s Tour-de-Kyoto, Part 3

Finally getting around to finishing Day 1 of Bridget and Sarah's Tour-de-Kyoto, after Part 1 and Part 2 last week.

After many flats and a nice visit to a rural temple, we headed south toward Kyoto...

Making 40kph Look Like Nothing taken while cycling at 40 kph (25 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Making 40kph Look Like Nothing
taken while cycling at 40 kph (25 mph)
Quintessential Rural Kyoto taken while cycling at 33 kph (21 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Quintessential Rural Kyoto
taken while cycling at 33 kph (21 mph)
Why Go Through a Tunnel when you can take a steep, twisty, ill-maintained road over it? taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Why Go Through a Tunnel
when you can take a steep, twisty, ill-maintained road over it?
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)
Wet Slipper Photo-Op -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Wet Slipper Photo-Op
Fast Downhill on Rt 162 taken while cycling at 49 kph (30 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fast Downhill on Rt 162
taken while cycling at 49 kph (30 mph)
Reminders that We're In Japan taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph) -- 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
Reminders that We're In Japan
taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph)
Un Go-Aroundable Tunnel Kasa Tunnel (笠トンネル) taken while cycling at 41 kph (25 mph) -- Kasa Tunnel (笠トンネル) -- 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 40mm — 1/25 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Un Go-Aroundable Tunnel
Kasa Tunnel (笠トンネル)
taken while cycling at 41 kph (25 mph)
I Love Going Downhill (so do they, but they kindly stayed back for me to take a few pics, which unfortunately didn't come out) taken while cycling at 35 kph (21 mph) -- 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
I Love Going Downhill
(so do they, but they kindly stayed back for me to take a few pics, which unfortunately didn't come out)
taken while cycling at 35 kph (21 mph)
See'ya! taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
See'ya!
taken while cycling at 36 kph (22 mph)
Bu'bye! taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph) -- 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
Bu'bye!
taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph)
Scheewwwwwwwwwww...... 2:51 PM (from start: 7h 16m / 76 km / 47.2 miles) taken while cycling at 41 kph (25 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Scheewwwwwwwwwww......
2:51 PM (from start: 7h 16m / 76 km / 47.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 41 kph (25 mph)
Coattails Aflappin' (yes, I just made up that word) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 43mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Coattails Aflappin'
(yes, I just made up that word)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
Stopping For Sustenance at Yama no Ie Hasegawa (山の家はせがわ) -- Yama no Ie Hasegawa (山の家はせがわ) -- 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
Stopping For Sustenance
at Yama no Ie Hasegawa (山の家はせがわ)

My favorite little secret restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Clicking on nearby photos above shows the many times I've posted from here.

Ready To Eat a Horse but this curry will do -- Yama no Ie Hasegawa (山の家はせがわ) -- 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
Ready To Eat a Horse
but this curry will do

The girls were starving and were finished with their curry before the photo above had finished writing to the camera memory card.

On the way home after lunch, we stopped by Kyoto’s Nasty 21% city-bike hill climb, which Bridget hit with abandon...

Rocketing Up Nasty 21% Slope -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rocketing Up
Nasty 21% Slope
Concentration -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Concentration
Ridiculously Steep photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.1, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Ridiculously Steep
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Last Curve -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 49mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Last Curve
Almost Done photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Almost Done
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

Bridget's time of 41 seconds is almost certainly earns her the QOM (Queen of the Mountain — fastest female) award, but due to problems with Strava's system many faster irrelevant entries pollute the data, so we'll never know.

I was really reluctant to give the steep hill a try with my new clipped-in shoes/pedals, but I figured that if I was going to fall over, I should fall over with my current bike instead of the new one on order, so I ended up giving it a try, making it my fifth attempt overall...

Not Fallen Over Yet taken while I was cycling at 13 kph (8 mph) photo by Eric Findlay -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Fallen Over Yet
taken while I was cycling at 13 kph (8 mph)
photo by Eric Findlay
Just After I Passed this really shows the steepness photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Manseki Kanemitsu
DMC-SZ9 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.1, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Just After I Passed
this really shows the steepness
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

I didn't fall over (yeah), and my time of 39 seconds tied my personal best. (I've since done it in 33 seconds, but that's a different story.)

Now back in the city we stopped by a bike shop to get new tubes, and later we all met for okonomiyaki and yakisoba...

Kanpai! ( “ cheers ” ) at Kiraku (きらく 三条本店) -- Kiraku (きらく三条本店) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Kanpai!
(cheers) at Kiraku (きらく三条本店)
Yakisoba (Fried Noodles) -- Kiraku (きらく三条本店) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)

And so ended Day 1 of their Tour de Kyoto. Day 2 would be tomorrow.

To be continued...


One comment so far...

I really enjoy the shot ‘Quintessential Rural Kyoto’ your exposure for the sky is very well done. In the past you’ve mentioned your disdain for the ubiquitous wires and telephone poles that creep into many of your shots in Japan. You barely notice them here. Great contrast between the sky, the mountains and the rice grain heads. Interestingly, this is one shot where I wish it was the rear view of the bikers. With that dark/foreboding sky it would create a sense of ‘trying to escape’ in that eerie quiet calm right before a storm.

One other note: ‘Scheeeew’ has a good sense of speed. You see that motion blur on the road and greenery and also the canted biker these really give a sense of the speed. More! More!

— comment by Ron Evans on September 29th, 2015 at 2:00am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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