Mountain Bike Trail Ride in Ibaraki, Japan

Well, thanks to my dear friend Jeff’s expertise and experience, I was able to have a great fun mountain bike trail ride today. We went into a couple of small mountains. Each one of them is approximately 300 meters above sea level. We climbed up and down, sometimes even pushed my mountain bike and walked up because slopes were too tough for me (which almost never happened when I was riding roadbikes.

Though my bike did not have low gears, did not have block tire (I had what we call “semi-slick” tires on) and did not have front shocks and on top of all that, I was without any skills nor experience, I was manage to ride back safely thanks to seasoned guide’s advice.

Here’s a little map and data:

This is so different from road bike riding. Data itself speak for some of it. When I climb with a road bike, I climb about 1000 meters with 100-kilometer ride and that is a tough one. Today, I climbed 900 meters with 22-kilometer ride. And also I had to go over some small logs, dodge some branches, I slid and fell when I lost my concentration… this 20 kilometers is tantamount to 50 or 60 kilometers.

I was really thrilled and had a great day today. I was starting to be weary of cleaning ups but I got galvanized again. I can start afresh from tomorrow.

And here are some pictures :


The sign above the threshold of the cave said, “三昧洞窟” that is “a cave of stabilized state of mind.” So I infer that high priests meditated and reached that state of mind.


Great view!!


This is the place freaked me out most. On the left side there’s creek. I actually slid but I was mentally prepared for it so I fell on the mountain side and grabbed my bike’s handle and that actually saved my bike from falling into creek.


Some guy was making this artificial icicles. It was beautiful.


A seasoned mountain biker! His expertise saved me a lot and made it possible to have fun!

I really wish to go back in mountains again!


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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3 Responses to Mountain Bike Trail Ride in Ibaraki, Japan

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    Fantastic post on your new adventure! Great scenery in your neck of the woods. Just be careful out there. You’ll have to hook yourself up with a GoPro or something similar so you can capture your rides and anything eventful things that may happen like catching your bike before it fell into the river. Sounds scary, but I’m glad you’re alright. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks! Actually I had never been in this area before and I myself was pretty surprised that there are so many beautiful places near my house (Thanks to my friend!). I really enjoyed my new adventure, too! Yeah, I have to think about go-pro now. I spent some money on a shopping spree this month so I can’t get one right now (Shooting with iPhone is also difficult with mountain bike because it is so technical) but I want to put it on my shopping list. Thanks again and I sure want to do it again and write about it in my blog.

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