|Clouds keep the heat down a bit ...|
The climb is 3.8 kms and 300 meters up (or more). This gets one almost as high as the entrance to Kobu Tunnel, but with about 15 kms less riding. And the reward is a great view and a nice rest area. Only 3-4 cars to pass on the road going up and again coming down. Only 4-5 cyclists at the top and 2 sets of 2 hikers each. A hidden gem.
Of course, I could not help but remember climbing this hill with MOB, DJ and Juliane back in ... October 2006. More fun to do with friends than alone. Have I been up it since? Maybe once or twice, but a 2006 was pre-Positivo Espresso era, and the photos have never made it onto the blog. A few are included at the bottom.
|Shrine at Tokisaka Touge|
|Looking down at the North Akigawa valley|
|Panorama, including resting cyclist|
On the way up the river, I passed this guy on a moving carnival ride. Its horn was honking, propeller spinning, all driven by the movement of the bike or the wind.
|All in all a very nice ride.|
|MOB critiques DJ's ride and DJ takes the criticism to heart.|
|The Chaya has a delivery vehicle (the one in the back).|