My “Ride” to Okinawa

As I wrote the other day in Test Ride to Osaka Airport, I planned to ride to the airport for a trip to Okinawa. I'm happy to say that I made it without mishap.

Packed and Ready the backpack is totally packed -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/11 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Packed and Ready
the backpack is totally packed
Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
The Weather was Lovely (though I can't say the same for the quick snaps I took to try to capture the lovely day) -- Nishio Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
The Weather was Lovely
(though I can't say the same for the quick snaps I took to try to capture the lovely day)
Nishio Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hello Kitty Welcomes me to Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hello Kitty Welcomes me
to Itami Airport (伊丹空港)
Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready to Transform -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready to Transform
15 Minutes Later -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
15 Minutes Later

Then it was time to step into a bathroom to transform myself from stinky cyclist, to something minimally-appropriate for flight.

Fresh and Clean mostly -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fresh and Clean
mostly
Checked In -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Checked In

At the security station prior to checkin, where they X-ray checked luggage, the lady manning the station wasn't sure what to do with such a large thing as the bikebag. She asked whether there was only a bike, and I said that there was also my stinky clothes, and we unzipped the bag a bit to reveal a plastic bag with some of the clothes. She asked, sheepishly, whether I had any air cylinders, and sort of seemed unsure what to do. I said it'd be fine to put through the X-ray machine, but she worried it would damage something, so finally she asked whether it would be okay to X-ray the bag of stinky clothes. She did, we put it back into the bikebag and zipped it up, and they slapped a security sticker on the whole thing.

During checkin, the only question I was asked was whether, if the bag had to be laid on its side, which side would be better. They never asked about what was in it, to see any form of ID, etc. It was as if I was getting onto a bus, a nice change from the Security Theater that is the American air system.

On the way through security toward the gates, I did have to take the computer out of the backpack, and pass it and my bottle of tea separately. That's it.

Because everything went smoothly, I had a couple of hours before my flight, so I grabbed a cup of coffee and got some work done with the computer.

Finally Boarding -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Finally Boarding

I was the last to board because I was in row 26, and they'd neglected to change the Row 30 and after on the display. I guess most people ignore that, at least in preference to the announcements, which I guess I ignored.

Full for the two-hour flight -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Full
for the two-hour flight
My Rowmates a pair of 19-year-old college students on a vacation trip -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 at an effective 32mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
My Rowmates
a pair of 19-year-old college students on a vacation trip
Naha Airport 那覇空港 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Naha Airport
那覇空港
Waiting for my Bike -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/15 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting for my Bike
Here it Is -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/17 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Here it Is
15 Minutes Later the white bag is filled with stinky clothes, about the same size as the backpack -- Naha Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal Building -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
15 Minutes Later
the white bag is filled with stinky clothes,
about the same size as the backpack
Ready for the Short Ride to Jason and Yasuko's house -- Naha Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal Building -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready for the Short Ride
to Jason and Yasuko's house
Leaving the Airport -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving the Airport
Naha Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal Building -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Evening Rush Hour -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Evening Rush Hour
Welcome Note -- 14-5 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Welcome Note
Huge Bowl of Curry that Yasuko-san had made -- 14-5 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/15 sec, f/1.8, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Huge Bowl of Curry
that Yasuko-san had made

Here are the activities of the day:

We all did a very nice ride the next day (yesterday) and today, but I haven't even looked at those photos yet, but I'll certainly blog about them, eventually.

Continued here...


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

It looks like a very short ride from the arrival airport to your friends’ place? And…how much approximately for a short hopper flight like that? Plus bike packing fee? Thanks for the story!
Yes, he lives mercifully close to the airport. My round trip was 41,000 yen, though it would have been 2/3rd the price if I had bought a week earlier. If I had gone from Kansai International, it could have been as cheep as 4,000 yen each way, but then I’d not be able to ride to the airport (and would have to pay to get to/from), and pay an extra fee for the bike. On JAL, the bike was just my first piece of checked luggage, and so was at no extra cost. —Jeffrey

— comment by Spencer on March 1st, 2018 at 4:23am JST (8 months, 15 days ago) comment permalink

Great story and pix. Thank you!

Janet in Seattle

— comment by Janet Heineck on March 1st, 2018 at 2:26pm JST (8 months, 14 days ago) comment permalink

The “Naha Airport” shot is really nice – goes to show how an airport can look aesthetically pleasing, and perhaps even calming (assuming that shot was representative of the rest of the airport, too). And “Leaving the Airport” captured the sky beautifully!

— comment by David K. on March 6th, 2018 at 4:40pm JST (8 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink
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