The weather was not too hot, but the humidity seemed to defeat my cooling system. As we left Route 413 and headed around the North shore of Tsukui-ko, we passed the newly opened section of the Ken-o-do expressway, which takes long distance traffic AROUND Tokyo instead of THROUGH, and now is open all the way from the Tomei Expressway to the Kanetsu and Tohoku Expressways. We marvelled at how quiet the traffic noise was, barely audible as we rode adjacent, thanks to the noise barriers. Very impressive.
|Noise barriers on the Ken-O-Do expressway|
|How to build an expresway through a neighborhood without destroying it.|
To quote a Pennsylvania state traffic safety website:
Jerome often exceeds 25mph (approx 40 kph), and while he sometimes has been compared to a galloping horse, one does not pull his bicycle. Nonetheless, the admonition to drivers to "slow down immediately and maintain a safe following distance" is welcome.
Stay tuned for reports on the big ride of the summer -- H1200!