Some Solo Exploration Beyond Mt. Atago
Different From Usual Kyoto Arashiyama's Togetsukyo bridge from an uncommon vantage point 嵐山の渡月橋 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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
Different From Usual
Kyoto Arashiyama's Togetsukyo bridge from an uncommon vantage point
嵐山の渡月橋

After a wonderful ride with friends beyond Kyoto's Mt. Atago the other day, I returned the next day for 110km (68mi) of solo exploration in the same general area.

Bird and Bridge more-traditional view of the Togetsukyo bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bird and Bridge
more-traditional view of the Togetsukyo bridge

Early on in the ride I passed through Arashiyama in western Kyoto, with its famous bridge. We've seen it before on my blog in rain and in sun and crowned by a rainbow. Today was fairly bland, but a big bird was doing a batman pose, so that was something.

“ Me ” Time -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Me Time

There's a path along the river southwest of the bridge that leads up to a temple with a great view that I visited some years ago, but apparently never posted about. Anyway, the path is fine for a road bike for a while, and from the path I got the photo at the top of the page.

Eventually the path ends as far as bikes are concerned:

End of the Path unless you're really adventurous -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
End of the Path
unless you're really adventurous

It's probably not as bad as this climb, but I didn't have the guts to try it just now.

Near the End of the Path -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Near the End of the Path
Gathering Crowds Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹 やぶ) -- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹やぶ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Gathering Crowds
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹やぶ)

The road through the bamboo forest in Arashiyama is a public road open to cars, but folks treat it like their living room, wandering about aimlessly with their eyes glued to their camera or phone.

I then made my way up and over Mt. Atago, setting a PR (personal record) by a wide margin, which pleases me because I kept my effort low enough to not kill myself.

I missed beating my KOM time (King of the Mountain, the fastest time by a male) on the Nishigaya Dam Descent by three seconds because I saw a big monkey run across the road ahead of me, and didn't want to chance that there would be others. It's one thing to see wildlife at the side of the road when slowly grinding uphill, but quite another when plunging downhill at 70kph (45mph).

Then for the first time I did the long fun New Momiji Descent, and likely got the second-fastest time, but my activity doesn't match the segment for some reason. Sadly, the Strava support staff member assigned to my query about it is either really lazy or a complete jerk because the cut-n-paste responses have little to do with my actual question. It must be depressing to have a job you just don't care about. Sigh.

End of a Fun Descent or start of a less-fun climb -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 72mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
End of a Fun Descent
or start of a less-fun climb
Flat Valley -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Flat Valley
“ Coffee ” and “ Open for Business ” sadly, neither were true -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Coffee and Open for Business
sadly, neither were true

It was chilly (15℃/59℉) on the descent, so I was happy to find a coffee shop, but no one was around. I walked in and called out, but the place was deserted. Weird.

Path Closed -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Path Closed
Mountainside Fountain -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/1.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Mountainside Fountain

Much nicer than this, and sort of reminded me of this. I paused to fill up.

Mid-Climb Rest Area -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mid-Climb Rest Area
Nice View -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice View
Intriguing! unknown road rises sharply to the left -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Intriguing!
unknown road rises sharply to the left

It wasn't unknown, actually, because I had done my homework. It's a short 180m at a steep 18% access road to a water-storage tank...

At The Top -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 26mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
At The Top

Pre-ride research had brought me to this page that includes info about this little climb. The photos at the time (three years ago) show little vegetation, but now it's overgrown and encroaching on the road in a photogenically-pleasing manner....

Heading Back Down -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back Down
Another Mystery Road -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 43mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Mystery Road
Pretty Lane quite steep, but it ends at a gate right after this -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty Lane
quite steep, but it ends at a gate right after this
Yagi is not Just a Town it's an Amenity Town ( the only Japanese is the word for “ sewer ” ) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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
Yagi is not Just a Town
it's an Amenity Town
( the only Japanese is the word for sewer )
Amenity-Town Steepness note that we're way above the house just beyond the car -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Amenity-Town Steepness
note that we're way above the house just beyond the car
Amenity-Town View -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 43mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Amenity-Town View
Amenity-Town Shrine Hachimangu (八幡宮) -- Hachimangu (八幡宮) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Amenity-Town Shrine
Hachimangu (八幡宮)
Seen Better Days according to the faded sign, a former drop-off point for a dry cleaner -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Seen Better Days
according to the faded sign, a former drop-off point for a dry cleaner
More Steepness the photo doesn't capture it well, but the road drops more than a story's height before the end of the building -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
More Steepness
the photo doesn't capture it well, but
the road drops more than a story's height before the end of the building
Thick more “ photo doesn't capture it well ” with this one the base is about 60cm (2') wide -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 60mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Thick
more photo doesn't capture it well with this one
the base is about 60cm (2') wide

I moved around to try minor roads I'd never been on.

Pleasant Little-Used Road -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pleasant Little-Used Road
Secret Spot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Secret Spot
More Encroaching Grass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
More Encroaching Grass
Lovely Countryside Scene with freshly-harvested rice on the other side of the river -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Countryside Scene
with freshly-harvested rice on the other side of the river
Bridge of Dubious Reliability -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bridge of Dubious Reliability
Another Side Climb left for another time -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/100 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Side Climb
left for another time

I discovered a lot of new climbs and fun descents, and make some nice PRs (including one climbing Kyomi North) without having killed myself in the process, so that was very nice.

Less nice were the two flats I got at the end. I think the second flat was a tube that was bad to begin with, though it lasted 10 minutes, so I don't know.

All in all it was a great outing. As a bonus, for the first time this year, I was actually ahead of my arbitrarily-picked 7,000km (4,350mi) goal for the year, which, after four months of unplanned travel, I didn't think I'd be able to make.

(I still might not make it, with less riding in the winter, but it looks promising.)

Here's the Relive.cc video of this ride...


One comment so far...

You continiously complain that the steepness of roads is not visible in your photos. I’ve got the feeling that it might be your own fault. In the photo ‘More Steepness’ the utility pole is straight but the red wood panelling to your left isn’t. You pointed your camera downwards. That can hardly help. I just corrected the perspective in Gimp and it looks steeper straight away.

You should also try and bring in references like horizontal lines. In the case of this photo, it might have been better to be farther away from the wall and keeping the bottom line of the woodwork horizontal in the picture.

You also often have the end of the road in the middle of the picture. If the road is going downhill I think it should be in one of the lower corners.

Oh, it’s certainly my fault. I’ve said many times (though not on this post), that I just don’t have the skill to capture it. Some photos do better than others, but I’ve not figured out what it is about them. Your second comment about “More Steepness” — that it would have been better from farther away — is true, but I was too lazy to get off the bike. The first comment seems less valid… both the utility pole and the red paneling are straight up and down in real life, but due to how perspective works, appear straight up and down only when in the center of the frame; the further from the center, the more distortion. The perspective distortion can be fixed easily with Lightroom’s Upright Tool, though that introduces other problems. The other comments are certainly good and I’ve tried any number of combinations of them, but quality still remains elusive to my level of skill. But I’ll keep trying (and until I succeed, keep complaining 🙂 ) —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel Cutter on October 14th, 2016 at 9:11pm JST (3 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink
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