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long ride to Ibaraki

Tokyo, 2021.10.11

It was a beautiful day today, and the only one in the forecast for my week off that wasn’t going to be rainy. So I said to self, it's a high of 28º, I’ve got a bike; to hell with it, let’s go see Ibaraki. On my first leg I did this:


Then because it was so unsafe I decided to go to the next bridge that could take me back but that added at least 15km and then required that I cycle back. At 16:05 I had 62km to get home. I arrived in one piece at 19:40, ten minutes later than I told Mari by Line text at around 17:00. (edited)

I’m not sure the total distance. Looks like about 135km. Must have been some post-midlife-crisis thing I guess. My leg is already cramping, my shoulders are buggered, my thumbs are numb, I have a sunburn and plenty o’ chafing.

Three good things that happened today:

  1. I toured parts of four prefectures in a single day: Saitama, Tokyo, Ibaraki, and Chiba - twice, but only briefly.
  2. I got enough sun to get a sunburn.
  3. I got a few pics that I think I'll like.

Three reasons to be thankful:

  1. At one point in my journey I was thinking, I bet if the kids could see how far I had to go they'd come up with a chant for me, like "ganbare, daddy, ganbare." I have great kids.
  2. Midlife crisis or not, I actually did this. I think it's the furthest I've ever cycled in a day.
  3. My new bracket thing for holding a phone worked very well; I was following an electronic map the whole way.


rand()m quote

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

—Samuel Butler