Bicycle Ride to Osaka with Paul Barr
On the Bike Path From Kyoto to Osaka taken while riding at 20 kph (12 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
On the Bike Path From Kyoto to Osaka
taken while riding at 20 kph (12 mph)

As I mentioned in Confused Kyoto Cherry Trees Bloom Five Months Early, Paul Barr and I rode our bikes down to Osaka from Kyoto. It's about 50km each way, so the round trip was about 100km (62mi) total.

Here's our trip on my cycling heatmap.

I'd made the same trip by myself earlier in the week, and written how windy it was for much of the day, but the wind during the trip down with Paul was by far the strongest sustained winds I'd ever ridden a bicycle in, on par with a medium-sized typhoon. It was just ridiculous. I made a short video trying to illustrate the wind:

It's just as well that we were planning on taking it slowly, because the wind left no other choice. It was Paul's second real bike ride, the first having been about 66km (41mi) with lots of mountains during this ride during NORU Kyoto's second social ride (pretty much a repeat of the first ride that I'd written about two weeks ago).

taken while riding at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
taken while riding at 23 kph (14 mph)
Navigating the Stupid Gates -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Navigating the Stupid Gates

I wrote about these stupid gates the first time I rode to Osaka.

Pleasant Mood and slightly protected from the wind taken while riding at 36 kph (22 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pleasant Mood
and slightly protected from the wind
taken while riding at 36 kph (22 mph)
Directly Into the Wind taken while riding at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/16000 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Directly Into the Wind
taken while riding at 18 kph (11 mph)
Approaching Osaka taken while riding at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Approaching Osaka
taken while riding at 18 kph (11 mph)
In the City taken while riding at 22 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
In the City
taken while riding at 22 kph (13 mph)
Still a Few Fall Colors taken while riding at 11 kph (7 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Still a Few Fall Colors
taken while riding at 11 kph (7 mph)
Osaka Castle -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Osaka Castle
Made It! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Made It!
Me photo by Paul Barr -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Paul Barr
Circling the Castle taken while riding at 15 kph (10 mph) -- 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
Circling the Castle
taken while riding at 15 kph (10 mph)
Food Stand of suspect quality -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Food Stand
of suspect quality
Bad Udon at least it was warm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Bad Udon
at least it was warm
Heading Back amid much calmer winds -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back
amid much calmer winds
Road Less Taken the road had apparently diverged earlier in the yellow wood taken while riding at 9 kph (6 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Road Less Taken
the road had apparently diverged earlier in the yellow wood
taken while riding at 9 kph (6 mph)

Back in Kyoto, almost home, we came across a sign on the bicycle path we'd noted earlier:

Inviting Sign for Cafe Morning Glory -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Inviting Sign
for Cafe Morning Glory
Easy Access down the slope, park bike at A-frame in lot, then across street to cafe -- Cafe Morning Glory -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 37mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Easy Access
down the slope, park bike at A-frame in lot, then across street to cafe
Just Desserts coffee + choco-bannana crepe -- Cafe Morning Glory -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Desserts
coffee + choco-bannana crepe

The coffee and crepe were both very good and much more than we expected for the ¥1,000 ($8.15). Map links are under the photos... highly recommended if you're traveling by and want a snack. They just opened last month.

Long Shadows taken while riding at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Long Shadows
taken while riding at 26 kph (16 mph)

We'd left Paul's hotel at about 8:30 in the morning, and returned at about 4:30 in the afternoon, just before sunset (4:46). Not bad for his second real ride.


One comment so far...

Hello! Could you write a post about that heatmap? I’d be interested in creating something like that for local MTB routes, but I’m not sure where to start. Or was the heatmap something you created completely “in-house” for you only?

It’s something I built for myself using a SQL database locally, and a bunch of programs to massage and prepare data for display using Google Maps. Strava will build a heat map of your rides if you’re a paying member (which I am), but I wanted something more integrated with my blog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mikko on January 18th, 2016 at 5:26pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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