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Seaside Ride in Yamaguchi(19 posts)

Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 9:59 PM
I have yet to post any photos of my rides along the coast line. Yesterday I went for a ride south of Iwakuni and shot some photos of the seaside. Although, I had to make a short detour inland, over this Mountain, before circling around to ride back up the coast to Iwakuni. This pic was shot from the sea wall at Iwakuni.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:03 PM
This isn't the seaside, but I thought I'd show you the 26% grade I rode over while heading South. The road is so steep the pavement is grooved to give the cars traction. Not the nicest surface to cycle on.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:06 PM
The last photo just doesn't look that steep! So, maybe this pic will give you a better perspective!
Nov 14, 2003 8:50 AM
to get good shot of grade:
1) shoot from side some standing object (tree, friend, bike against the tree, obect hanging off the bike, etc)
2) shoot from bottom up rider ahead of you, pref from flat/flatter section.

unfortunately it is no easy task to convey grade through pic
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:10 PM
Over the first mountain, now all I had to do was make my way down this valley, over another mountain and back to the coast! All this effort just so I don't have to ride out and back on the same road.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:13 PM
Over one more mountain top before getting back to the coast.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:16 PM
As advertised, a view of the seaside!
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:19 PM
Another view of the sea while cycling North back toward Iwakuni.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:22 PM
Another seaside pic as I cycle further North.
Seaside Ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 13, 2003 10:29 PM
It isn't pretty, but it's home! This is a photo of Iwkauni taken from the South. The majority of the ride report photos I've posted were taken in the mountains to the North and West of Iwakuni.

I won't be posting any ride reports for the next 10 days; as I'm going to be up in Tokyo without my bike!

Ride On!
Gorgeous photos, I'd love to ride your area...rwbadley
Nov 14, 2003 7:26 AM
Those hills and greenery look awesome. I bet it smells nice too.

Thanks for the pics
Ahhhh--more tantalizing photos...The Walrus
Nov 14, 2003 10:00 AM
Being that far west on Honshu, do you get much snow during the winter, or is riding possible/practical year-round?

Don't know that I'd miss the bike in Tokyo--do you suppose you can bring bikes on the trains? (The commuter trains, that is, e.g., the Yamanote line around Tokyo, as opposed to the Shinkansen.)
Snow, You Bet!GeoCyclist
Nov 14, 2003 11:56 PM
Yes, we get snow a few days each winter; however, it never stays on the ground for more than a day or two. As long as you have warm cycling clothes you can ride year around.

I got the low down on transporting a bike on the trains. You can take your bike on any train, so long as it's in a bike bag. There are some local trains that you can wheel your bike right on, but your bike has to be bagged for the long distance trains.
how bike friendly are the drivers there? nmDougSloan
Nov 14, 2003 7:40 AM
how bike friendly are the drivers there? nmGeoCyclist
Nov 15, 2003 12:10 AM
There are a lot of bicyclist in Japan; however, the majority of these cyclist are commuters riding within the cities and towns. Inside the cities there are some bike / pedestrian paths that the cyclist use. Where there are no bike / pedestrian paths, the cyclist use the sidewalk. As a result, Japanese drivers are not used to seeing cyclist on the road. I avoid the bike / pedestrian paths, as these are the most dangerous places to ride. You never know what side of the path a cyclist / pedestrian will be using. I ride in moderate to heavy traffic at times, and have found the Japanese drivers to be very good about giving cyclist space on the road. I have not heard of any cyclist being run down while out cycling on the road.
My Bro recently relocated to Tokyo...I may have to visit...biknben
Nov 14, 2003 8:10 AM
The thought of flying half-way around the world to visit my Bro in Tokyo didn't seem very appealing. These pics are changing my attitude a little.
My Bro recently relocated to Tokyo...I may have to visit...GeoCyclist
Nov 15, 2003 12:18 AM
Tokyo is one big city, and I don't know of anywhere to cycle in Tokyo. If you want to see countryside like I post you will have to travel a good hour out of Tokyo. Kind of like looking at photos of up state New York and thinking the cycling is great NY city!
Visited Once - don't miss itKeeponTrekkin
Nov 21, 2003 7:59 PM
Lots of history & culture and a very different way of life. When you go to a market, all the quality and prices are like Dura Ace. It was about 10 years ago and I saw apples for sale for $7.50 each. They were twice as big as a normal apple, but...

If you think you're going to go, let me know. Too many great things to see and not miss.

re: Seaside Ride in Yamaguchilav25
Nov 14, 2003 10:27 AM
Great photos, I spent a year on Okinawa in 92-93 USMC. I remember some of those hills!!