Another ride up the river, then out Onekan -- but nothing felt old, with the novelty of a new group of riders, sorting ourselves out on the climbs and descents. We continued from the far end of Onekan, along the "Tank Road", then through the sprawl of Aihara NW of Hashimoto, then around the North shore of Tsukui-ko. We stopped briefly at the top of the climb, then again on the narrow suspension bridge over Tsukui-ko, enjoying the tranquility of being suspended high over the water, no wind or other noise, and the heavily treed hills all around us, colorful with the changing leaves.
|Todor, Ryan, Eric and Chris at the top of the hill N. of Tsukui.|
|Todor, Chris, me and Ryan, on the suspension bridge|
|The autumn flowers, green pumpkins and an oddly shapred daikon.|
|The original "O-no-ire manju -- both anko and miso filled|
On the trip back our riding was focused on the goal -- get home. After a nice descent back through Akiyama, fewer beautiful country roads with short climbs but low traffic volumes. We took a different route through the Hashimoto area -- Route 508 instead of 413 or upper Machida Kaido. As with Saturday, the Strava segments for Sunday suggest I was riding at a faster pace than normal on many stretches, mostly trying not to get too far behind Eric! 150 kms, 1770 meters of climbing.
A very good ride. And we can be thankful to live in Tokyo, where it is possible to do something like this in early December!
|Eastern half of the ride (first and last parts).|
|Western half of the ride (middle parts).|