Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1

In my previous post, SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi (2018 Typhoon #21), I wrote about cycling while the biggest typhoon in 25 years approached Kyoto. The next day, with fine summer weather, I set off with Joshua Levine and John Chen to see how some of the mountain roads had fared.

Our concern was well founded, as seen in the incredible devastation by a typhoon a year ago (2017’s Typhoon #21, Lan, was Quite the Doozy).

We headed out toward Kyomi Pass, on the same road that I'd been on the previous day as the typhoon approached....

Scattered Debris but not too bad -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Scattered Debris
but not too bad
Passable thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passable
thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw
Bigger Damage I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bigger Damage
I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down
Another Pole, More Trees -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Another Pole, More Trees
More Cleared Trees near the pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Cleared Trees
near the pass

This is near where I had turned around the previous day. The main storm came through perhaps an hour and a half later, I suppose.

Today, we continued on...

“ No Motor Vehicles ” unless you can lift them -- 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
No Motor Vehicles
unless you can lift them
Split in Half The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same. (What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Split in Half
The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same.
(What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.)
Easy Walking as the utility lines held the trunks above ground -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Easy Walking
as the utility lines held the trunks above ground
Tree Trunk Exploded the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner, leaving perfectly-smooth wood -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tree Trunk Exploded
the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner,
leaving perfectly-smooth wood
Slightly Harder to Pass -- 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
Slightly Harder to Pass
More Trees Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Trees Down
Finally Reaching The Spring -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Finally Reaching The Spring

This spring, where we often stop to fill our water bottles, is not far below the pass. The nearby photos link below the photo brings up previous blog posts where this spring was featured.

After filling up, we continued on our way deeper into the mountains...

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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Common Scene -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Common Scene
Yet Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Yet Again
And Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And Again
And Still Again... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And Still Again...

We took the turn toward Mochikoshi Pass. In essence, we had started a clockwise Kyoto Heart Loop, and were working on the western half.

More of the Same -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
More of the Same
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out ” guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out
guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude

We finally came across a crew working to clear the road, and without prompting we were verbally attacked by one of the workers. His lashing out was entirely uncalled for; someone apparently higher up in the food chain of this group stepped in to allow us to pass.

Quickly Passing -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Quickly Passing
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

As we moved away from the area, we passed all the parked cars of the workers, and as we continued toward Mochikoshi Pass, more cars came. This told us that the road ahead was open all the way to the city, as it was the only other way to reach this point. This was good news, and was opposite to what happened last year, as the destruction seen in the previously-mentioned post about last year's typhoon was all on that road that we were soon to return to the city on.

It hadn't been completely unscathed, as we came across one beefy tree that had been cleared:

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

John had never been on this road, so I was pleased to tell him that it was all downhill from here... a lovely 10-minutes of coasting through pretty woods.....

But then we came to this:

Totally Impassable To Cars -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Totally Impassable To Cars

We were bewildered... where did all the cars we'd seen before come from? They could not possibly have passed here.

The farmer who lived here said that we shouldn't try to go forward, because it's totally impassable even on foot.

It slowly dawned on us that the workers had not come from the city, but from the sporadic houses and sparse villages between where we met the workers trying to clear the road, and here. They weren't the city crew dispatched to clear the road; they were residents trying to get out, trying to clear away for people and goods and medical service. Trying to reestablish a lifeline.

Now I could understand why the guy had snapped at us; I imagine it was an extremely stressful situation.

In any case, despite the farmer's warning, we went past the downed utility pole and headed toward town.

Nothing I'd seen today, or last year, or ever, prepared me for what we were to encounter.

Continued here...


One comment so far...

Cliffhanger! Thanks for the post. Look forward to the next one.

— comment by Pablo on September 19th, 2018 at 8:25pm JST (1 day, 4 hours ago) comment permalink
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