Arakawa Cyclo-Camping Tour 2

July 1, 2008 · Print This Article

UK Mike with Kumi on back with the Can

  • Distance: 105.34 miles
  • Time in motion: 9 hours 07 minutes 25 seconds (including 1 hour of walking)
  • Average speed: 11.5 mph
  • Max speed: 33.0 mph
  • My second tour up the Arakawa River was . . . very different than my first tour, and also much, much wetter!  What was similar was that UK Mike came with me again, but this time also the Can rolled with us.  And beyond any of our imaginations, we had our respective female companions waiting for us at the campsite!  (they took the train and a bus to get there)  

    We all knew heading into this trip that a typhoon would be passing by our area of Japan sometime on Sunday.  That said, the weather on the ride up on Saturday gave no indication of the semi-deluge to come.  It was a very pleasant ride up, little wind, occasional sunshine, and moderate temps.  It was pretty much ideal summer cycling conditions.  

    As can be seen in the video below, we encountered large game on this tour.  This includes a large herd of moo!cows and a urinating turtle!  The same birds nesting on a convenience store that I saw on the first tour, were still there and had increased the size of their family!  Nice.  

    Once all were reunited at the campsite, we commenced preparing dinner using the BBQ facilities.  Aya and I grilled up quite a decent vegetarian BBQ dinner! 

    We all went to the Cotton Cafe jazz cafe as UK Mike and I did the first time, and though recognized, we didn’t receive quite as warm a welcome this time, but they were hospitable enough and kind enough to waive the high table charge.

    Jason soaked and back home after Arakawa Tour 2We pitched our tents right before . . . the rain started.  And it didn’t stop again until Monday morning.  Heavy-ish rain all night, but inside the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Aya and I stayed bone dry.  I was impressed by its performance.  There might have been one small drip coming in at one point on the zipper of the vestibule.  Maybe.  However, inside there wasn’t even condensation after being exposed to constant rain for 8 hours.

    On Sunday morning the girls headed off to the train (Aya super kindly carrying my heavy, waterlogged tent for me) and the boys mounted their trusty Trek 7.3 FXs and started the 50 mile journey back to Tokyo into a steady rain and headwind.  At first we all thought it wasn’t actually that bad.  Despite all donning rain gear to some degree or another, we were all soon soaked.  Not until the final hour or so did my spirits actually dampen and I begin to really think, “Miserable, getting sick of this rain, got to get the hell back home.”

    In the end, we all made it back safely and proved to ourselves that riding long distances in the rain is possible.

    Made on Mac


    5 Responses to “Arakawa Cyclo-Camping Tour 2”

    1. on July 1st, 2008 6:52 AM

      Hey, nice liitle clip! You filmed more than I thought actually, and all of it good.

      I don’t even recall the cows sounding off for us, nice big moooo in there.

      Liked that little clip of Kumi at the end laughing.

      Liked that music! I want to know what that is so I can play it on my violin!


    2. on July 1st, 2008 8:18 AM

      Great video Jason- am glad one of us was filming.

      As for the rain- yeah let’s try harder to avoid that in the future.


    3. on July 1st, 2008 9:30 AM

      @Can. Mike and @ Mike UK

      Thanks very much!

      Yes, I was surprised too I actually had that much footage, I thought I had only a few spare moments. I was glad that there was footage of some random moments.

      The cow moo was added in post-production!

      The music is just a stock jingle called “Campfire” included in iMovie.

      Yes, the final clip of Kumi laughing I thought added just the right closing shot.

      Thanks again.


    4. on July 2nd, 2008 12:59 PM

      […] Photo credits have to go to Can Mike, as the only photo I took all weekend was of me and the turtle. The low-res shots are screenshots lifted out of Jason’s fun video of the trip, which you can watch here. […]

    5. on October 3rd, 2008 2:10 AM

      […] cows and took my midpoint break with them (see below photos).  I’ve seen these cows before on another ride with the Mikes.  I had always thought that a cow only had utters, and that it was impossible for a […]

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