Cherry Blossoms are Quite Early in Kyoto This Year

Cherry are blossoming quite a bit early in Kyoto this year. I had a shopping errand to do, so I took the long way to check out a few cherry-blossom spots around town. Unlike a similar outing last year, this year I had only a small little camera with me, so the photos aren't too exciting, but they perhaps give a sense for some of the places. Many were at full bloom already.

Each photo has a map link under it.

Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 37mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Chion'in Temple (知恩院)
Maruyama Park (円山公園) ugly, as usual -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Maruyama Park (円山公園)
ugly, as usual
Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Partially-Retracted Roof The ongoing roof repairs at the Chion'in Temple must be winding up -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Partially-Retracted Roof
The ongoing roof repairs at the Chion'in Temple must be winding up
Maruyama Park's Main Tree -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Maruyama Park's Main Tree
Tourists -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tourists
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Large Cemetery -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Large Cemetery
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nene-no Michi -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nene-no Michi
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 54mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Don't See Many Of These in Kyoto -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Don't See Many Of These
in Kyoto
Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ) -- Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ)
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院)
Hirano Shrine from across the street -- サニーハイム金閣寺 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine
from across the street
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) The trees are lovely, but the crowds and the vending stalls ruin it -- Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine (平野神社)
The trees are lovely, but the crowds and the vending stalls ruin it
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 60mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

I swung by the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園), which has some nice blossom areas in its northwest, and wasn't disappointed... it was, by far, the nicest area that I visited today. It had such a lovely vibe.

Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 58mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Any of the nearby photos links under the shots above brings you to other blog posts from this area, including many with wonderful blossoms (such as this) or fall colors (such as this).

Kamo Ohashi Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊)
(compare to this photo of the same path last fall) -- Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
(compare to this photo of the same path last fall)
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺)
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back Close to Home -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back Close to Home
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Clicking through to the Strava activity below brings you to a map showing all the photos.


R.I.P. My Beloved 2½-year-old Rose X-Lite
Achilles Falls -- Park House Kyoto Okazaki Yuurakusou -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800 — image data
Achilles Falls

My road bike, a Rose X-Lite CRS 3100 Di2 that I got 2½ years ago, suffered a fatal case of death on a ride the other day, when the derailleur came off the bike, ripping part of the frame with it.

Inspecting the Damage -- Uji, 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 — 1/140 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Inspecting the Damage
Hanging Derailleur its mounting bracket ripped in half, taking part of the frame with it -- Uji, 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 — 1/150 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanging Derailleur
its mounting bracket ripped in half, taking part of the frame with it

In that moment, the frame was rendered completely useless. A carbon frame is difficult to repair in the best of times, but damage like this, in this location, means the end of the frame. It could never be ridden again.

No real idea why it would suddenly just give way. It could happen, I suppose, if a stick or something got caught in the chain, but that wasn't the case. It was at the start of the first steep hill of the day, so it was when I put in a fair bit of power through the drivechain.

It could have been a slowly-growing crack finally gave way, or that it got damaged during a recent flight. Perhaps most likely is that during a moment of inattentiveness 15 minutes earlier during a stop, I'd let the bike tip over and flop to the ground... perhaps that caused some damage? We'll never know.

My riding partners, who had a lot more experience with on-the-road repairs, set things up so that I could at least push the bike along. Luckily, I wasn't too far from a train station, so I walked the 2½km there (thank goodness for cleat covers). The train company wouldn't let me on the train with the bike, so I left it at the station and took the train home myself, switching to a car to return to pick up the bike.

I left the next day on a trip to The States, so I didn't have time to do anything further. I'll have to get another frame, a new bike.... or maybe both! 🙂


Perfect Itineracy Gets Dorked by Delta, Sort of Fixed; Keeping Fingers Crossed
Wherefore art thou, Delta 120? Toyosaki Seaside Park, Okinawa, Japan ( a random sky/plane photo taken during last week's trip to Okinawa ) -- Toyosaki Seaside Park, Toyosaki ChuraSUN Beach -- Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wherefore art thou, Delta 120?
Toyosaki Seaside Park, Okinawa, Japan
( a random sky/plane photo taken during last week's trip to Okinawa )

Doh!

I was supposed to leave tomorrow on a flight to America, but 22 hours before I was set to walk out the door, I got an alert from Delta Airlines, which I mentioned last month in Delta Airlines: Gauging the Quality of Your Customer-Service Representatives, Done Right. It turns out that one of my flights tomorrow is suddenly scheduled for three hours later, and that destroys the whole itinerary.

Their web site said "We haven't yet found flights to reschedule you on, but don't worry, we'll get you where you need to go with as little disruption as possible." This had the opposite effect; I worried.

I called Delta in The States, and the wait time to talk to a human was greater than two hours. Geez!

I hung up and called their number in Japan, and when I selected English, I was connected immediately with someone. Judging from the accent, it was likely a call center in the Philippines. The first thing he asked after bringing up my ticket was how he should address me. I answered Well, Jeffrey is fine, to which he replied Very well, Mr. Jeffrey, how can I help you?. 🙂

The itinerary had been really good (airport-to-airport in just 17½ hours; the previous best had been 18⅓ hours, but often it was 19~21 hours), so I asked about just taking the same set of flights the next day....

You are lucky Mr. Jeffrey, seats were available on everything, so that's what we did. I just hope that the flight that got pushed back (Delta 120 on 08MAR) doesn't get pushed back again on 09MAR.

I then had to update my reservations for the airport shuttle here, and a rent-a-car in America, and tell everyone about it. As it stands now, the dust has settled again. Keeping fingers crossed that it stays that way.


Riding in Okinawa
“ Welcome to Okinawa ” hurry up, this lovely descent's not going to ride itself -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Welcome to Okinawa
hurry up, this lovely descent's not going to ride itself

As I mentioned in My Ride to Okinawa, I'm in Okinawa for a few days of visiting and riding. It's been a blast, but no time to blog, so for today just a quick note.

Jason Eisenmenger my gracious host ( seen recently here and here during a recent visit to Kyoto ) -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Jason Eisenmenger
my gracious host
( seen recently here and here during a recent visit to Kyoto )
Yasuko Eisenmenger his lovely wife -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Yasuko Eisenmenger
his lovely wife
Hirohisa Nishiguchi congenial riding buddy -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirohisa Nishiguchi
congenial riding buddy
Calm City Paths -- 16 -- Naha, 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
Calm City Paths
Brutal Climbs -- 427-64 -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Brutal Climbs
Beachfront Riding 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 — 1/3500 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Beachfront Riding
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Spooky Jungle -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Spooky Jungle
Breathtaking Vistas -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Breathtaking Vistas
Delicious Lunches -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Delicious Lunches
Dream-Vacation Pitstops -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dream-Vacation Pitstops

And that was just the first day.

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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.

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