Lovely Century Ride Into Hyogo

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 60mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice View of the Day
number 772

I went out the other day for a ride with Salvo, that turned out to be a nice Century (100+ mile) ride. Here is the ride at Strava:

There was nothing particularly epic or any special goal of the ride. It was just an all-around pleasant day. Salvo had ridden the route in strong wind the previous week, and thought it'd be nice to do again.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Making Our Way
out of Kyoto

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Meeting Up with Joshua
who fist-pumps his victory at not being late

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Chillin'

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

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
All Lanes Closed

We took a road that I had passed by many times. I had heard that it was gravel, yet ridable, so I'd been wanting to try, and today was that day.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Paved at First

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Paved
but with some debris, as is common on many small mountain roads

I was surprised to find that so much of the road (all so far) was paved. I was also surprised to find that it had such a steep climb (830m @ 10%).


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Summit

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Descent

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cars!?
the road is officially closed, but locals still apparently use it

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Criss-Crossing Rail Lines
a line along the far bank is crossed by one emerging from the mountain

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
End of the Paved Section

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sort of Rough Gravel

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Hardpacked Gravel

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Wisteria

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Boat on the River

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back to Civilization

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Fairly Remote

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Open Farmland

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Salvo's Road

We returned up the mountain via a different road that Salvo had shown me last year, and that I also taken on the ride blogged about in Cycling Through Bamboo Groves and Up Steep Mountain Slopes. Joshua hadn't known about, so was pleased to learn of a new lovely climb.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

Once we reached the top, Joshua went his own way to return home, as Salvo and I stopped for coffee and bread.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mini Market
at a cafe that I first stopped at nine years ago with the family

This cafe is at the top of a very fast descent, so I enjoyed that to get moving after the break. I just had fun, ending up with only my third-fastest time, though it would have been a KOM (King of the Mountain — the fastest registered time) had the KOM not already been mine. 😉


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passers By

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Detour

I'd made a route that diverged from Salvo's original ride so that we could stop by a restaurant that I'd found online that had good reviews.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shiro Gohan (白ごはん)

iPhone 6+ — 1/15 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
My Food Arrives

Salvo's food didn't come, and didn't come, and didn't come, so much so that we started joking that perhaps they forgot. Then we started thinking that it wasn't a joke, and sure enough, they had forgotten. To make it worse, the dish in the upper left of my tray was supposed to have been a main flavoring for his meal, but now they were out of it. (By this time, I had completely finished my lunch.)

It was sort of comical, and they said sorry without really apologizing. The saving grace was that Salvo's lunch was very, very good. Mine was fine, but nothing special.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back on the Road

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hand Made Tobidashikun

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Farmer's House
in the middle of nowhere

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entering
Hyogo Prefecture, via a Really Nice Descent

The descent that started here was lovely, and Salvo had been telling me about it for the whole trip, that I would really enjoy it, and it did not disappoint. Gentle curves under a canopy of lush green with a relatively-well-surfaced road. Super photogenic the whole way, but sorry, no photos, because I was enjoying it too much. I leisurely crested the pass after taking the photo above, then followed leisurely behind Salvo for half a minute before deciding to enjoy it in my style, putting a bit of zip into it. It was lovely. Salvo and I took 2nd-overall and KOM, respectively.

Here's the video from my front camera, to perhaps give a sense of the loveliness...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Huge Line of Koinobori

I wrote about Koinobori almost exactly 10 years ago, in Koinobori in Biei, Hokkaido, but this was the biggest display I'd ever seen by at least an order of magnitude. Each one was perhaps two to three meters long, and there must have been a hundred of them.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Start
of another big climb

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Last I Saw of Salvo for a While
he finished more than three minutes before me

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Some Kind of Adventure Place
with tree-top walks and ziplines

At the top of the climb was an adventure place, with ziplines and tree-top walks. Chatting with a staff member as we rested, this conversation took place:

Staff member:What country are you from?
Me:I'm from America and he's from Italy.
Staff member:(turning to Salvo) I speak some Spanish.
Salvo:(clearly being sarcastic) I speak some Chinese, so we can communicate.

Then followed a nice descent that I had been looking forward to, but I ended up registering the slowest recorded time because I got a flat...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
First Flat in Ages

I used to get flats all the time, until I changed to Continental Gatorskin tires. This was the first flat in about 11,000 wheel kilometers (11,000 wheel miles). In all those miles I'd replaced the tires as they wore out, but kept the same tubes. In any case, this flat looked like a pinch flat, which seemed odd because I hadn't just hit a rough edge or anything (the road was not bad), but I changed it and moved on.

I got another flat on a ride today, and in inspecting the tire more carefully, realized that the sidewall had been broken down in one area, so that was the problem. I'd gone more than 5,600km (3,500mi) on that tire, so I guess it was due for a change anyway.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rice Planting
'tis the season

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Trays of Seedlings
lined up at the edge of a paddy

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Planted Paddy

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Little Climb
on a road now disused in preference to a tunnel

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Messy Descent

iPhone 6+ — 1/4000 sec, f/2.2, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Cheers

I was quite tired by the end. It was my 18th century (ride of 100 miles or more), with 97km (60mi) of roads that were new to me. Was a good day.


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