We had been thinking about continuing on over Kami Hikawa, but a slow start, an early rest stop at the Seven Eleven a few hundred meters from Wachi-san's bicycle shop in Oume, and my front wheel going flat soon after, put us a bit behind schedule. We also stopped for food/water refills in Okutama and Tabayama. And I had some foot pain on the climb, but pretty much resolved it by shifting a cleat on the SPD/MTB shoes I was wearing, requiring another stop. On the climb, Jerome went ahead and made it up about 10 minutes before me.
The weather was nice, really nice considering typhoons past and future in the forecast. A bit sticky, but not too warm on the climbs, and not at all cold up on the passes. A really good, classic ride.
|Part of Tabayama just past the main town, including a graveyard with a very nice view.|
By the time we got part of the way down, we were debating whether to do another climb, and which one. Tsuru? Kazahari? Nokogiri? Tsuru tsuru onsen? Jerome Hill? Kazahari won out.
So we ended up with 220 kms and 2500 meters of climbing. I felt strong on the stretch back from Kazahari, and for once did more than my share of pulling Jerome late in a ride. Now, if we can just get enough sleep Wed, Thur and Fri nights, we should be ready for next week.