A few terrible mid-week vacation days behind (food poisoning or allergic reaction (?) after eating scallops for lunch on Monday...) wanting to ride but totally uncapable of doing so (and ending up envying TCC buddies who went on a nice long ride Wednesday), I finally could muster the strength to go out riding with my youngest daughter now back...our first ride together on real road racers! Still clipless but already starting to look menacing in the mountains....
On the Tamasai, a familiar-looking bearded elderly guy on a Trek Madone 6.9 passed us. Near the end, he stopped and took off his helmet...here was Haruka Takachiho himself !
We went as far as the little bakery at height 583m on Hinohara Hwy for a 110km-long ride (my daughter's first ride on a road racer...). Great was her disappointment and even greater her exhaustion after learning the bakery was closed today. Inside the bakery, however, light was on and my daughter peeked inside...the bakery was full with goodies! We caught the attention of the friendly bakery lady who was busy kneading dough and begged her to sell us a few pieces...pumpkin, carrot and figs. That really made the day for my daughter!
On our way back, the first raindrops started to fall once we passed Itsukaichi and just before a spot called 雨間 Amema (where else ?!), we got caught in a real downpour. A conbini nearby provided shelter and here we met Take-san of Hoshino-san's team PianoPiano. Sure Take-san knew of Tictac-san. The rain wouldn't stop though and we rode on direction Mutsumibashi...my daughter crying out loud..."those raindrops hurt!" It was raining harder again but fortunately not for too long. Once on the Tamasai, the road was cork dry again. I showed my daughter how to drain rain accumulated inside the frame and she was surprised to see the amount of water flow out of the little drainage holes.