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zondag 29 mei 2011

Another rainy season

was ushered in by another typhoon...forget cycling - time for some fine jazz and fine booze! Spent the entire day yesterday at Jazz in Fuchu
2011 - Eiji Taniguchi is getting better and better every year...real magic (if Benny could have heard this; he would have been real astounded) !!

zaterdag 25 september 2010


Woke up at 5:15 and walked through the garden to get the newspaper...stiff wind blowing and rain coming down in sheets! Typhoon obviously had not passed below the Kanto area yet. Back under the sheets...sorry hard-core VLAAMS buddies!!

Had breakfast with the family - always a treat - and left home a little after eight. It was still windy and I was facing a strong headwind all the way to Itsukaichi where I spotted Lee of TCC. It was around 9:30 then and we decided to attack Kazahari the normal approach. It has probably been more than a year since I last had the pleasure of cycling with Lee. Two titanium bikes at moderate-fast pace heading towards Hinoharamura Yakuba/Motoshuku...a great feeling! We took turns and rotated a couple times until Lee told me to go ahead and not wait for him. I was sorry to lose my mate but at the same time did not want to impose my own pace.

Today's plan was to savor some of those great kyoho grapes in Katsunuma and because of the latish start, I did not want to waste much time. I pushed ahead never stopping until I reached Yanagisawa. Here I consumed my kanipan with a hot can of sweet tea. The downhill to Enzan must have been one of my fastest ever as there was no car in front all the way down! Somewhere I hit 78km/h. Thankfully the strong wind by then was completely gone and the road surface dry.

I passed Enzan and went straight to my usual fruits (its either peaches or grapes - sometimes both) sanctuary. The people running the place there are always friendly and I like the luxury of having a table with two chairs - one for me and one for my dear bike all for ourselves. As soon as I took my seat, the lovely "potchari" lady (not that I am a chubby-chaser) brought me tea, a scale with four kinds of grapes and the most charming smile on her pretty face. Sit back, enjoy. The grapes tasted fantastic and energizing. Took some pictures and after I finished brought my plate and cup back to the sweet lady. "O-ikura?" I asked. "Sa-bisu desu yo!" she replied in an angelic voice. Wow! I felt a little bad though but then I spotted these 葡萄羊羹. I paid and stuck the big grape-taste adzuki bean jelly stick in my back pocket.

I rode back along Koshu Kaido, right through the Sasago Tunnel - little traffic, no problem. For the last stretch, I opted for the Hiroshi Twist and took a nice picture of Lake Tsukui. On the Onekan, I got some company from another middle-aged rider who told me he was already on his "fifth set"...five times the onekan back and forth...mustn't that be a little boring though? I'd rather meet some old buddies and savor some great grapes!

zaterdag 20 september 2008

Migotoni damasareta!

Crazy weather forecasters in this seems that everytime a typhoon approaches, they have a viable excuse to scamp their work and then blame their mistake on the irresponsible! Probability for rain was supposedly 100% and we had no choice therefore but to call off a long ride including Mikuni-toge (postponed to this coming Tuesday!).

I slept long this morning and when I peaked out of the window...guess what! Blue skies!! I hastily got my bike ready and left a little after 9:00. I did a repeat of the ride I enjoyed with the TCC people earlier this month...Karibazaka-toge 刈場坂峠 but missed the entrance point somewhere and instead summited Kaaburi-toge 顔振峠, Kasasugi-toge 傘杉峠 and a couple more mini-toges within short range of each other before I reached Karibazaka-toge. Today's route was a not so steep. The Fulcrum Racing 3 front wheel acted was moving sideways about 1mm across the axle. Going down Shomaru-toge last time, I hit a pothole and ever since the wheel has not been normal. Might send it back to the manufacturer...

As usual when I'm cycling solo, I took quite a number of pictures...following is today's best selection. This week-long "Higan" Buddhist observance of the autumn equinox has started. On my way to the summit of Kaoburi-toge, I saw some handsome "Higanbana," a kind of amaryllis growing in clusters. The fragrance of kinmokusei was also in the air...sublime!

zaterdag 27 oktober 2007

Typhoon No.20

As I'm writing this, the twentieth typhoon of this season is rapidly approaching the Kanto area at a speed of 100km/h. With every gust of wind, the sudare reed screen is hitting the window.

No cycling today. Too lazy to fix the hometrainer, I'm hopeful tomorrow will be another marvelous taifu ikka day when the typhoon moves further eastwards below the Japanese Archipelago.Got to tune up my FKC for a long ride tomorrow! Time now for a few chocolate chip cookies and a cup of Taiwanese tea...

maandag 10 september 2007


Blue sky after typhoon No. 9 blew over = Kazahari road reserved for my private use!

Saturday's supposed departure time at 7:20 got delayed to almost 8:00....4 punctures in one day...Jerome (@@), David (@) & Michael (@) were simply not favored with good luck this time!

LESSON LEARNED: be extra careful (?) for flats riding in the wake of a typhoon when the road is littered with thorny things and other fresh debris!

Early Friday, "Fitow," typhoon No. 9 had hit Tokyo sweeping northward through the Kanto and Tohoku regions and leaving more than 70 people injured. The Tamagawa had swollen to near-flood level and some 30 homeless who live along its banks had to be rescued after getting stranded by the rising waters...a borderline disaster indeed.

After bidding my companions sayonara at the foot of the Matsuhime Pass, I pushed ahead and must have been lucky on my way up to the top...I did not notice any of the signs or closed gates David and Michael would later on encounter and was able to continue all the way. Because of the typhoon’s torrential rainfall the previous night, the road was indeed in very abominable shape...there were tens of small landslides where the road was muddy and slippery and full with little and bigger rocks. One place almost had a small river running diagonally through it! Nevertheless, it was a very nice and rewarding climb, one that I definitely want to do again. It's interesting how very different a feeling you get just by doing the climb from the other side. I discovered again what a great joy the FKC is, especially once you get out of the saddle for a good stretch "en danseuse".


Once down, I proceeded to the bridge on Okutamako's tail leading to Tomin-no-mori. The entrance to the bridge was barricaded with signs reading that the entire road was “off-limits due to typhoon” but a bicycle could easily pass through. ...300m further, however, where the old toll house stands, a heavy gate completely blocked passage by any vehicle and - to make matters worse -there was a guard keeping watch! I pretended to be just checking the scenery and the moment the unsuspecting guy looked the other way, my FKC was on the other side of the gate!!!.....”DAME DAME!!!” The guard came running towards me and was about to grab one of my legs trying to pull me down from the top of the gate... my legs were probably too sweaty & muddy (read: slimy & disgusting) and he let go!!!

There I was all alone on the Kazahari...the entire road up and down chartered for me alone!! What a noisy bikes...very quiet & peaceful. Plus, the road surface here was in much better shape than the Matsuhime road! After I reached Tomin-no-mori, I got my bottle refilled at a vending machine (not a mouse around!) and continued my stress-free descent to Itsukaichi.

My second surprise of the day came at the Tamagawa Cycling Road...many sections were closed or simply unrideable with the road no longer recognizable under lots of debris, clay and plastic junk. At one point, I was forced to walk my FKC over a quaggy 50m-long stretch. It took me more than an hour to give the FKC its spick-and-span look back again...the mud was all over. I must say that I'm very impressed with the Continental tubulars....never thought they would survive!

Afterwards, I learned David and Michael had climbed up to the reservoir behind the dam at about 650m elevation until an electronic sign (which may have escaped my attention ??) allegedly said the road over Matsuhime was closed in the direction of Okutamako. They both went back down Koshu Kaido to Tokyo. All three of us each covered about the same distance...about 200k for David and I and 10 more for Michael!

On Sunday, I got persuaded by my wife and decided to give my bicycles a rest.....