He styled it a "challenge recovery" ride. Recovery for me from 2 weekends in a row with Brevets, for him from too much travel and food and drink. Challenge? Not really consistent with recovery, I think, but the general idea was to not push the pace TOO hard, but go fairly long and do some climbing, at least. I was looking for more recovery than challenge, having ridden almost 3000 kms over the past 2 months.
|The Upper Tamagawa from near the top of Yoshino Kaido|
|Ready for the show.|
We stopped briefly at a new landmark on the way to Sagami-ko. A used car lot (junk yard?) right next to the road named Rookie had an interesting looking superhero guarding the inventory.
As we reached the base of the climb to Tawa Pass, we turned left onto Steve T.'s alternate route around the pass. We stopped at the steep field next to the road, glad to see it well-tended, the persimmons mostly removed from the trees in the adjacent orchard. We followed tradition and looked to see if the little old lady was working in the field. I did not have high hopes, as she has not been there the last few times I passed here.
|Is the old lady at work in the field? Can you see her?|
|How about now?|
Further up Route 18, we made the traditional stop at the covered picnic table, rest room and gateball court just above 700 meters elevation on the climb to Tsuru Pass.
|Jerome looks at the Shark and thinks "I want one"?|
Just as we were heading into the restaurant a group of well-dressed, younger women cyclists rode by and looked at the much fancier restaurant/coffee shop down the block, next to the lake. But there was a line outside (!), so they turned around and came back up the block and into Yagyu-tei. It was the women's only Rapha Tokyo Club ride. No wonder they were stylishly dressed. Or "CCTYO Women’sライド 奥多摩".
|Lots of women's bikes at Yagyu Tei!|
Tradition. Recovery. Challenge.