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Sunday Yamaguchi Ride Report(20 posts)

Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:30 PM
A beautiful autumn day for cycling in Yamaguchi prefecture! We took our tandem out for a 50 mile spin in the mountains. This was our first trip up route 59, small single lane road with 6 kms of 6 to 10 percent grade with lots of sharp corners. Check out the bend in this road!
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:32 PM
We encountered a few of these hornet nests hanging off the side of the road. I wouldn't want to be hangin' around here if this nest fell down!
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:36 PM
Time to rest the legs before the final push to the top.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:38 PM
A very narrow road!
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:40 PM
Rice field that has been harvested.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:45 PM
On the decent. We definitely climbed the easy side; as the ride down the hill had grades of 10 to 16 percent. Our drum brake was smokin' hot when we got to the bottom of the hill.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:48 PM
Yes, the road was plenty steep. We have no plans of cycling this route in reverse.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:53 PM
Riding around Yasaka lake, on the home stretch. The mountains in the back ground lead up to the Rakan plateau where we cycle on our training rides; lots of long steep grades between 15 and 25 percent.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:57 PM
Yasaka lake fountain. Last glimps of the inland mountains before heading back toward the coast, and home.
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 7:59 PM
One of the better Japanese ideas that never got exported to the USA!
Mmmm, beer...Asiago
Oct 27, 2003 7:23 AM
I was so amazed at the size of the Asahi "cans" when I was in Tokyo...

Q: "So just how many beers did you have?"

My Reply: "Urp, jutht one... hiccup..."

Sunday Yamaguchi Ride ReportGeoCyclist
Oct 26, 2003 8:03 PM
Ride reward! Why does beer always taste so much better after a nice ride on the bike?
Sunday Yamaguchi Ride Reporttorquecal
Oct 26, 2003 8:22 PM
Great pics and report! Thanks

We had beer machines in the army at one point. I do miss them ;-)
Thanks for the great pix! They brought a tear to my eye...BowWow
Oct 26, 2003 8:24 PM
22 years ago I lived in Kyushu. I rode an old "jesse" bike - the same steel single-speed tank with fully enclosed chain, drum rear brake, built-in centerstand and rack, steel wheels, close to 50 pounds, that the mailmen and delivery boys rode. I'm just now getting my thighs back into the same shape as I had when I was 25! I even got a chance to ride on a track - a keirinjo - on a fixie race bike. The dude who let me ride his bike mumbled something about being glad I didn't ride professionally. Zannen nagara, my priorities were in another place then.

Thanks for a great trip down memory lane. The corner-view mirror and spray-on concrete really brought back the experience for me, but the tears came with the shot of the freshly harvested rice field. I have a nearly identical shot from a small valley in southern Kyushu, near Kagoshima. Post more, please!!! O-negai itashimasu!

such pretty scenery! Thanks for the great ride...rwbadley
Oct 26, 2003 9:30 PM
It's a good thing you have a drum brake for hills like these, I wouldn't want to rely on rim brakes, yowza.

Your weather sure looked perfect for the ride. Great photos, thanks.
Is that a Thorn Tandem? nmTmw
Oct 27, 2003 2:25 AM
1999 Santana Rio with S&S couplingsGeoCyclist
Oct 27, 2003 3:06 PM
This bike was purchased with a MTB setup. I changed the front drive train to Ultegra road triple (53-46-30), and still run the XTR rear end.
Oct 27, 2003 7:24 AM
Should have looked at the next picture!! I see you like Asahi too! Though that's a rather "small" bottle! Wish I could find Asahi around here...

Thanks for the pics! Looks like a fascinating and awesome place to ride!

re: Sunday Yamaguchi Ride Reportgeckotb
Oct 27, 2003 8:51 AM
I was in yamaguchi a year ago and was thinking it would be a great place to ride if the roads were a little wider and had some kind of shoulder on them. how are the japanese drivers? courteous to bikes?
Great Place to cycle!GeoCyclist
Oct 27, 2003 3:14 PM
Yamaguchi is about the best place to cycle that I have ever lived. I have hundreds of kilometres of riding to choose from, and the majority of the rides are on small lightly travelled roads. The motorist have a whole different outlook on driving in Japan; like it is a privilege rather than an inherent right. Yes, the roads are narrow and the shoulders are mostly non existent; however, there are 100's of kilometres of small roads that are lightly travelled by auto traffic. The only down side is the weather; as it rains a lot!

Ride on