Rode exactly 100km today again under a perfect blue sky with buddies David, James and Hiroshi. Left home at 8:00 and was back by 13:30 for a beautiful half-day of cycling venturing into some new territory.
Amazing how so close to home there can still be some pristine country roads never tried before. Many thanks to Hiroshi for letting us discover a most attractive little road running between Otarumi-toge and Tsuiko with several climactic far-reaching views.
Today was also the first time I did the "real" Makime-toge...quite challenging at 12% as one can see in the pictures below. David suffered one punc...(back wheel wobble still there) creating an opportunity for Hiroshi to show off his powerpumping skills.
On the way home, Hiroshi guided us onto another nice road allegedly famous among roadies which runs more or less parallel to Yaen-kaido but with a lot less traffic. The road runs through an area which was once, during WWII, a test ground for military tanks developed by Mitsubishi Juki...the whole area was later transformed into a peaceful park. I parted from my buddies not too far from the Sakura Golf Course by the Tamagawa. Thanks a lot for the beautiful short ride mates!
Once home, the narcist in me wanted to take a few pics of the new VLAAMS cycling outfit...just as I was doing so, my always very supportive wife came home from shopping...
Also read James' post on Positivo Espresso's blog !
...and while you're at it, do not miss The Dance ! (on air only until Jan. 15, 2009...)