|Along Yoshino Kaido between Oume and Okutama|
|Tamagawa from the bridge at Kori near end of Yoshino Kaido|
My basic attitude is that this is okay. After the Okayama 1200, I wanted to rest my body, especially my hands which had some numbness in a couple fingertips on the right hand for weeks after. But the Hokkaido 1200 starts on July 15 at 5AM, and I am starting to feel a bit out of shape and realize I have not much time to do anything about it!
|There is an election in July. The posters are up! Smiling fresh faces of "new" politics, as usual!|
|Near the Fussa beer brewery. Lots of green.|
|Yoshino Kaido near the climb to Jerome Hill. Low traffic after 5PM.|
So I was very happy to finish work on a draft at 3PM Saturday and see dry pavement outside, with the weather not quite as hot and humid as it had been in the morning. I seized the chance for a ride up to Kori (end of Yoshino Kaido, in Okutama) and back. By 5PM it was noticeably cooler, and I was riding in daylight until I stopped for a quick bite to eat in Oume (Baigo area along Yoshino Kaido) on the return. The traffic -- both foot traffic on the Tamagawa path and road traffic on highways -- was light the entire trip, and it was cool enough to be really pleasant on the last 2/3 of the trip. I rode the Ti Travel bike -- I will use it in Hokkaido and need to make sure it is in good condition.
The hydrangeas and other flowers were spectacular after the rain of recent weeks.
|Instead of a convenience store, I stopped at a pizza/pasta local place on the return trip.|
Hibachiya in Baigo, Oume. Very much a Japanese melted cheese globby pizza, but filling, and the beer was cold.
|Turn around point. A classic checkpoint for any brevet heading out of Tokyo via Okutama.|
I rode only 122kms, but still it was the longest ride for me yet this month. I need to get in at least a couple more decent rides over the next 10 days. Then I can focus on just making sure I get sufficient rest the week or so before Hokkaido.