The weather in Japan is really quintessential one of Japan now. This morning, too, it started raining when I was just about to change into a bike jersey. Well, the fact of the matter was I suddenly had craved for a wine last night, had started drinking at around 10, had drunk one bottle of Lambrusco and overslept. If I had waken up two hours earlier, I would have been caught in a shower so in a sense, my senseless act saved me from getting soaked. Anyway I felt a little guilty and trained on a stationary bike for 120 minutes watching a movie. My meter read 65 km (40 miles) and 1200 calories burnt.
Well, since I am so busy these days (I reminisce about my summer vacation now), I don’t have much time riding a long distance on weekends. Well it is like “carrots and sticks.” I work hard now and I am supposed to get carrots three months later. I am looking forward to it.
Talking about reminisce, I will write about a last year’s adventure because it is something that I want to keep on this blog.
In September last year I went to climb Mt. Fuji or should I say I went on a family trip and my wife gave me one free day so I used the day for climbing it. I climbed up to half of its height (It was a original plan. I didn’t have the time and it is impossible to climb 13000 feet during a family trip in the first place).
This data said I went 150 km (100 miles) but I forgot to turn off my Gamin after I got on my car so it was actually 110 km (75 miles). Usually that means it was less hard than this data but those 40 kilometers were all downhill, which means, I gained 6000 feet or 2000 meter elevation gain in a shorter distance and also means it was tougher than data. It was tough:
It was fine at the start.
Starting to climb. There is no 14% place but for 20 kilometers, 7 – 8 % slope goes on and on. Some people hate this kind of slope over much tougher but shorter ones and I am one of them.
Even starting to rain. Then actually around here I saw wild monkeys!! I started to climb so fast, faster than ever. I wanted to get away from them before they figured out what I was.
Scary in another sense. This tunnel has no light in the middle. Total darkness. I put two lights in front, two red flash lights in the back to see the front and to inform drivers that I was there.
A Flat Tire.
And finally a rewarding ice cream!! Everybody screams for ice cream but my scream was the loudest one, I bet 😀
I was supposed to take photos of Mt Fuji but it was behind this cloud. You have got to be very lucky to be able to see one. Well, at least I have one reason to climb that 6000 feet again some time. Anybody interested?