Group Hanase Climb, and Full Carpet at the Ochiba Shrine

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fallen-Leaf Yoga
(sort of)
at the Ochiba Shrine, Kyoto Japan
岩戸落葉神社(京都市)

Today we did a simple little Hanase Support ride, where a few of us with experience making the climb to Hanase Pass helped out those who have never done it. Lianca and Stephanie made the climb for the first time, being encouraged by Manseki, Antti, and me.

The southern climb to Hanase Pass is Kyoto's premier climb, averaging 8.6% for 5.8 km (3.6 miles) of unrelenting grade. Through sheer ignorance I happened to choose it for my first-ever real bike outing, in the snow and ice of early February last year, when it took 48 minutes to finish. I've climbed it 27 times since, with my best now 28:59, done a month ago.

(Antti has done the climb 33 times, including 18 times one day last August when he Everested it!)

On today's trip, Antti accompanied Stephanie, and I rode with Lianca...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lianca Smiling up Hanase

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Half Way
the turnoff to Momoi Pass

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Success!
arriving at Hanase Pass (花背峠)
complete in about 41:40

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Scooting Down the Other Side
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nervous Smile
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)

Stephanie is a former world-class triathlete, but is not used to big climbs nor descents, and would prefer to do neither. Nevertheless, she tackled both today, doing the climb up in 37:29 (11th overall for women). She really doesn't care for descents, so took her time and descended at about the same speed I climb. 🙂

But it's a pretty descent, so nice to take slow, I guess.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
taken while cycling at 33 kph (21 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
taken while cycling at 25 kph (15 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rust-Colored Evergreen?
taken while cycling at 32 kph (20 mph)

It was chilly (2C/36F) at the pass, so after descending we stopped for hot coffee and to defrost our toes. Then on the way to our next destination we stopped by the entrance to the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺)...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺)

The temple is nice to visit, and has appeared on my blog many times, including this part of a ride report, and a post about its entrance path. We'll have to repeat this ride during the spring cherry-blossom season.

(I visited the temple the other day by car with my nice camera, but I've yet to look at the photos.)

Then we made our way to the Ochiba Fallen Leaf Shrine, which was not yet peak when I visited five days ago. Today it had a full carpet...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
This Afternoon
Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社), Kyoto Japan

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Manseki Selfie
and a more pronounced yellow dripped from the tree hedge

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Manseki Selfie

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
YAMS
(yet another Manseki selfie)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ladies Relaxing

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy Moss

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home
taken while cycling at 35 kph (22 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Well-Deserved Carbs
Yama no Ie Hasegawa (山の家はせがわ)

We stopped by the ever-wonderful middle-of-the-mountains restaurant that first appeared on my blog six years ago in Kyoto Mountain Restaurant “Yama no Ie Hasegawa” (meaning Mountain House Hasegawa, where Hasegawa is a family name), and many times since, as the nearby photos link under the photo will attest to.

For me today's ride was 85km (53 mi), so unfortunately it doesn't contribute to my Eddington Number, which currently sits at 56, but it was relaxing and fun. Great day.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

That first photo is amazing!

— comment by Rubin Starset on November 25th, 2016 at 2:56am JST (1 month, 23 days ago) comment permalink

Love the YAMS photo.

— comment by Rick H. on November 25th, 2016 at 4:42am JST (1 month, 23 days ago) comment permalink
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