Okinawa Ride Day 1

I'm finally getting around to write about my first ride in Okinawa a month ago, which came after my ride to Okinawa. I posted a few photos in a preview post, but I want to keep the full memory of the lovely day, so I'm writing this report.

Mud for Breakfast not really, but the character on the mug, 「泥」, means “ mud ” (a character that we saw here two years ago) -- 14-5 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mud for Breakfast
not really, but the character on the mug, 「泥」, means mud
(a character that we saw here two years ago)
Ride Preparation looking sharp is half the job ( and Jason is a master at looking sharp on the bike ) -- 14-5 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ride Preparation
looking sharp is half the job
( and Jason is a master at looking sharp on the bike )
Heading Out of Naha City -- 16 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Out of Naha City

Here's the ride we did:

There are no big mountains in the south of Okinawa where we were, but there are plenty of short/steep hills, including two that average 12% over 600m, this and this. These short, intense climbs are the kind that, when I'm in good shape, I can do very well on, but trying that first one showed me just how weak I really was at the moment. I started out with what I thought was an easy pace, but had to scale even that back.

By the second one I had no illusions about my strength, so took it super easy and took photos during the climb...

Nishiguchi-san Powering Up a particularly-steep section -- 427-64 -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nishiguchi-san Powering Up
a particularly-steep section

Jason had shot ahead to position himself halfway to take some photos...

photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/4300 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Approaching the Top -- 427-64 -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Approaching the Top

We took a meandering, exploring kind of route that sometimes required getting off the bike...

16-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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... but the results were worth it...

Private Trail -- 16-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Private Trail
Hang Ten or something like that -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hang Ten
or something like that
Just Lovely -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Lovely
Abandoned Pool It must have been wonderful to sit in the pool and enjoy the ocean view -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Abandoned Pool
It must have been wonderful to sit in the pool and enjoy the ocean view

There was lots of infrastructure in this area that looked to be abandoned, as if the area grew too quickly after the war, and couldn't support what was built.

Racing the Townfolk (really just exchanging pleasant greetings) -- 181 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Racing the Townfolk
(really just exchanging pleasant greetings)
Lunch Stop ウージ畑食堂 -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lunch Stop
ウージ畑食堂

This lunch-only cafe serves wonderful home-made meals for a ridiculously cheap 500 yen (about US $4.50)....

$18 Lunch $18 total for four people -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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$18 Lunch
$18 total for four people
Okinawa Guardian Lion I mentioned these things, which normally adorn roofs above entryways, in a post many years ago -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Okinawa Guardian Lion
I mentioned these things, which normally adorn roofs above entryways, in a post many years ago
食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“ Cubic ” -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cubic
No Idea what this was -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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No Idea
what this was
Spooky Shrine/Tree off the beaten path -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Spooky Shrine/Tree
off the beaten path
Shouting Encouragement -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Shouting Encouragement

The guy pushing his bike up the somewhat steep road was likely on his first ever ride, which seemed to be a commute. We'd encountered him early in the climb, prior to our side visit to the spooky tree, at the side of the road not knowing how to deal with his chain having popped off his gears. We showed him and went on our way, only to encounter him again here.

He's got gearing on his bike such that he should be able to easily ride straight up a brick wall, but I guess it can be overwhelming at first.

Nearing the Top of the biggest climb of the day (1.2km @ 9%) photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 46mm — 1/1300 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Nearing the Top
of the biggest climb of the day (1.2km @ 9%)
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Cycle Path with a View -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cycle Path with a View
Where We'd Been -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Where We'd Been
“ Odd Art ” Place The black mannequin art piece sort of weirded Jason out -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Odd Art Place
The black mannequin art piece sort of weirded Jason out
Brisk Pace -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Brisk Pace
Lovely View lovely descent -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lovely View
lovely descent

This sweeping road is the kind of dream descent that I'd normally like to ride aggressively (segment at Strava), but in recognition of my weak and out-of-practice state, I made the prudent decision to take it easy, and instead take photos of the group on the way down.

Unfortunately, despite going as slowly as I possibly could, it seems that I couldn't go slow enough to keep them in view behind me, so I eventually put the camera away and just coasted down. It was lovely.

After joining up with another road, the descent continued down toward our next destination, which eventually came into view....

Our Next Destination way out there -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Our Next Destination
way out there
Arriving photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Arriving
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Big Fish photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Fish
photo by Jason Eisenmenger

I'd seen this big fish on the Google Maps satellite view and thought it'd be fun to visit.

The location also has a heart bell....

“ Heart Bell ” -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heart Bell
Common Photo-Op -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Common Photo-Op
20% Grade the short little climb ending here is brutally steep -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
20% Grade
the short little climb ending here is brutally steep
Big Bridge in the Background -- 129-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Big Bridge in the Background
Along the Rocky Coast photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- 558 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/3700 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Along the Rocky Coast
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Nanjo, Okinawa, 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
Another Freaky Tree -- 707 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Another Freaky Tree
Cafe with a View but no seats above, so we went down to the beach -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cafe with a View
but no seats above, so we went down to the beach
Our Order Arrives -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Our Order Arrives
1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Colorful Drink -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Colorful Drink
Warm Sand between your toes -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Warm Sand
between your toes
19-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Bit Creepy even more so than this one -- Yaese-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Bit Creepy
even more so than this one
Test Riding Yasuko's Bike seems a smidge on the small side photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- 65-17 -- Yaese-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Test Riding Yasuko's Bike
seems a smidge on the small side
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Back to Naha -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back to Naha
Planning Tomorrow's Ride -- Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Planning Tomorrow's Ride

To be continued...


One comment so far...

from California.

I continue to enjoy your pictures and notes about your rides, this time in Okinawa. Especially about the local restaurants, neighborhoods, and sites you and your group visit. Please keep them coming.

— comment by Wei Chong on April 9th, 2018 at 5:45am JST (1 week, 5 days ago) comment permalink
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