Today because of a little family business, I can’t ride, so, I would like to write about the biggest challenge of myself this summer, 300 kilometer or 190 mile ride because this is so important to me as a milestone of my cycling life that I would like to keep in this blog (Pictures are at the end of the story).
Last month, the question, “How far can I ride in one ride?” popped up in my mind. There was only one way to find the answer, “Ride.”
So I started 6:30, the farthest ride so far was about 220 km (140 miles) . Near my house, there is one big national road numbered route 50, which starts from the station near my house (3miles) and ends about 85 miles away. So I decided to ride back and forth between the starting point of this road to the very end.
So I took off at 5:50 in the morning. I just kept pedaling. I ate hamburger, ice creams and all. When I reached the other end, I realized that it would only be 175 miles and since Japan uses metric system and it is 280 kilometers, I start to feel that I wanna achieve 300 if I achieve it at all. It sounds “more” awesome :D. So I went over the end and rode a little more till my Garmin reads a couple of kilometers farther than 150 kilometers and started to ride back.
Partly from the heat an partly from the exhaust, I wasn’t able to eat toward the end, so I drank pepsi, cold chocolate or other high calorie drink. I used energy drink with an amino acid, which is believed in Japan to eliminate some substance made in body that make you feel tired.
So, I made it. 307 kilometers, appr. 192 miles. I tried a round trip because I just can’t try this distance again next day but if I had tried to go one way ride, I would have been able to crossed Japan in one day, which I wanted to try some day (Though I would have to go over a couple of more than 2000-foot passes, though). I returned 19:51, I was on a bike about 14 hours. The average speed was about 27.4 kilometers (17 miles) per hour.
Here is my Garmin data (I switched it on and off at a little far place from my house so it is 6 miles short, though)) which shows you data and a map of this challenge:
(Mito Station, the starting point)
(A Typical Japanese National Road; I ride on the left side edge (about two feet from the very edge) of this road)
(The other end; One of the sign reads “The Starting (起） point （点）of Route 50)
(There is Subway in Japan and One of my favorite supply of nutrition; It has lots of minerals and carbohydrate so it got be good)