|"Madness, Insanity, Lunacy!"|
Yes, it really is 2.0 on the MOB Wada Toge scale, or 0.54 on the DGL Mortirolo ("rolling death"?) scale. Not an easy climb.
|Graham climbs, just past the Kinoko Center as we enter the rindo portion.|
|The rindo ... cannot be as steep as what we just came up, right?|
Well, at least there are some sections that offer a short breather.
|View from around 1050-1060 meters elevation.|
Still some nasty stretches ahead to climb the last 75 meters elevation or so!
The return down the usual route via Tomin no Mori was fast and uneventful, ... except Graham seemed a bit exhausted while ordering lunch at the Tomin no Mori rest area, becoming flummoxed at concepts such as no cold sansai-udon. And he got even more confused when told that I (who had been ahead in line) had gotten the last rice dish. Been there.
I met and rode on much of the descent with a Japanese cyclist visiting from Aichi, who said he had parked his car in Oume and come over Kazahari from Okutama-ko, and meeting and chatting at the top with a Brit named Ian, who said he lives in Komazawa (North side of 246) and rides out on Sunday mornings with the "Tokyo Cranks".
|Near the mouth of the Akigawa|
|Everywhere azaleas this time of year. From my neighborhood to Itsukaichi.|
|Photo from the end of the main route up the Kita Akigawa. Two women cyclists (one quite elderly)|
|Photo taken by the elderly woman cyclist.|
|Today's ride. 154 kms and either 3600 or 1600 meters, depending on whose GPS you believe.|
|Basically just one big hill ...|