Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 2

Today's post is a continuation of SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi and its followup, Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1.

At the end of the previous post, we'd come across a fallen utility pole, as we had a few times earlier....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:40pm
“ Caution ” the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Caution
the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires

The photo above is looking back toward where we'd come from, and in it there's a farmer leaning against a truck in front of his house. He'd told me that the road was not passable even by foot, but I'd dismissed it as an exaggeration. I shouldn't have.

What follows are a bunch of photos in chronological order, documenting what we came across....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Can Barely See the Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Can Barely See the Road
2:41pm
Can Not See The Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Can Not See The Road
2:41pm
2:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:42pm
Still No Road 2:43pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Still No Road
2:43pm
2:44pm photo by Joshua Levine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:44pm
photo by Joshua Levine
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2:48pm
2:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:49pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:50pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:50pm
Lucky Car 2:51pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lucky Car
2:51pm
2:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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2:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Section Was Difficult 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Section Was Difficult
2:57pm

This section that I had just come over was difficult, because not only was the road not visible, we were walking on branches that were well above the guardrail, itself not visible unless your foot fell through the web of branches and made a hole to look down and see it. The only path I could find was right over the guardrail at the edge of the cliff, so if you slipped in an unlucky way, you'd slice your foot on the top of the guardrail, or tumble down into the river.

At this point we met two workers walking from the other direction, and they helped John and Joshua with their bikes.

Helping Hand 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Helping Hand
2:57pm

They said that they had been walking for an hour, and that there were maybe six or seven more almost-impassable sections like the one we were on. It turns out that this was wildly underestimated.

Easy Section 2:58pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Easy Section
2:58pm
Actually Riding 2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Actually Riding
2:59pm
2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:00pm
3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:02pm
3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:04pm
Smooth Sailing 3:05pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Smooth Sailing
3:05pm
Old and New 3:07pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Old and New
3:07pm

I'm guessing that the cut trees in the photo above are part of the massive damage from last year's Typhoon #21. The fallen utility pole and the slight landslide are from this year.

3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Stripped This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts 3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Stripped
This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts
3:09pm
3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:09pm
3:10pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:10pm

At times we faced such a daunting task to get past a section, we thought to turn back. But we knew how tough it would be to retrace our steps, and imagined that it couldn't be that bad going forward.

We were wrong.

3:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:14pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:16pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:18pm
3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:19pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:19pm
Mountainside Raped by the Wind 3:21pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mountainside Raped by the Wind
3:21pm
This is the Road 3:22pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This is the Road
3:22pm
3:24pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:24pm
Passing Through in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately 3:27pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Passing Through
in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately
3:27pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:30pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:32pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:32pm
3:39pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:39pm
3:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:40pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:41pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Oops 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Oops
3:42pm
3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:42pm
Low Ceiling 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Low Ceiling
3:42pm
3:44pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:44pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:45pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:48pm
3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:49pm
3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:49pm
3:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:50pm
3:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:52pm
3:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Peek-a-Boo traffic mirror now easily accessible 3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Peek-a-Boo
traffic mirror now easily accessible
3:55pm
3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:55pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:56pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:56pm
3:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:57pm
4:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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4:00pm
Vexing Area 4:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Vexing Area
4:01pm

We were stumped on how to get past this section when out from it came two guys...

4:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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4:04pm

They had found a long, low tunnel through the debris on the inside edge of the road, and so we dragged our bikes through it.

We Came From There the tiny little space between the wall and the branches 4:11pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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We Came From There
the tiny little space between the wall and the branches
4:11pm
The Guys' Truck we imagined 4:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Guys' Truck
we imagined
4:13pm

If that was their truck, the road was open from here on into the city. It had taken an hour and a half to travel about 4km (2.5mi), a stretch of road that normally takes just a few (~6 or 7) minutes.

We're lucky that there were no real landslides, as they can often take out a huge chunk of road, leaving absolutely no way to pass (such as seen here).

As it was we were lucky and could make it through. I was covered in scratched and bathed in sweat, and had lost the auto-retracting lens cap for my camera, a cleat cover, and ended up trashing my cleats. First world problems.

I imagine it'll be a long time before the road will be open.

On the way home, I swung by the Heian Shrine to see what had become of the tree that had fallen across the road the previous afternoon....

No Sign except two green cones doing nothing 4:42pm -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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No Sign
except two green cones doing nothing
4:42pm

Here's the ride at Strava.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Wow. That’s a lot of damage.
Also, you guys were all remarkably blase’ about those power lines. I know the power was off in that entire section of Japan, but sheesh. The penalty for error in being near a hot power line is sooooo high, I would have been afraid to go near the wet trees NEAR them.

— comment by Marcina on September 23rd, 2018 at 4:28am JST (2 months, 26 days ago) comment permalink

Hope everyone’s fine.. Take care..

— comment by Kiye Sic on September 24th, 2018 at 12:20pm JST (2 months, 25 days ago) comment permalink

I can’t imagine how long it will take to clean up all those downed trees and fix all those power lines. (although now it’s a month later, so maybe progress has been made?)
In looking at some of those photos, I was feeling similarly as Marcina’s comment. Here we’re always warned to “stay away from downed power lines!”

The photos (and videos) were fascinating; thanks!

— comment by Darkoshi on October 10th, 2018 at 2:39pm JST (2 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

I went to Kurama Onsen 2 weeks ago and the last train station, Kurama, was still closed due to falling trees…

— comment by John on November 1st, 2018 at 9:17am JST (1 month, 18 days ago) comment permalink
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