Day-cycler does 3 Imperial laps!

July 30, 2008 · Print This Article

  • Distance:  15.84 miles
  • Time in motion:  1 hour 1 minute 2 seconds
  • Average speed:  15.5 mph
  • Max speed:  28.0 mph
  • Distance:  9.39  miles
  • Time in motion:  31 minutes 24 seconds
  • Average speed:  17.8 mph

Due to the sudden arrival of a powerful thunderstorm last night, I could not as usual do laps around the Imperial Palace in darkness.  So after I got up today I donned my yellow jersey and dropped in on bright sunshine.  It felt good.  

The atmosphere driving through the city during the day is totally different than the night, as one might expect of course.  Riding during the day feels friendlier.  I guess if you are seeing people out and about, they are on break from work or just plain not working.  So it feels a bit relaxed.  It could also be that I am not working while other people are out working, so my leisure time feels that much better. 

I was expecting more traffic on the palace loop than at night, but I can’t really say traffic was any worse than any of my last few night rides.  I did have to come to a complete stop once, but did not have to unclick, I could stand and balance in my pedals until the traffic started moving again.  Also, there weren’t the lines of cars waiting at red lights were not that long, so not much trouble snaking through and on to open road.  

In fact, I had a helluva fun ride.  There were no illusions of doing a fourth lap this time, so maybe the heat did have an effect on me, but I didn’t notice the heat in particular.  Maybe not eating breakfast before riding was more cause for not doing a fourth lap.

The ride was not without incident, as some fool riding against traffic on a housewife’s bike around a blind corner made me have to skid to a stop.  Ignant.  

Still, I may soon go day-riding again.  I like the atmo in the city and around the palace.


4 Responses to “Day-cycler does 3 Imperial laps!”

  1. on July 30th, 2008 11:44 PM

    Is this ride one of the few good riding spots in Tokyo? Are there other good places to ride in the big city.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Well, yeah, lately I’ve been mostly doing laps around the Imperial Palace as it’s pretty much the best place to ride FAST in Tokyo with minimal interruption from red lights.

    But I like riding other routes in the city as well.

    For example, I like riding to SeaSide Park in Odaiba:

    And this other park in Odaiba:

    And basically to Odaiba in general!


  2. on July 31st, 2008 8:28 PM

    […] cycling theme this week, I finally rode somewhere besides the Imperial Palace!  A comment from Tornandoes28 helped motivate me to once again return to exploring riding, as I used to do so much.  Yet this […]

  3. on July 31st, 2008 11:53 PM

    Oh yeah, Odaiba. I’ve been there once a few years ago. From what I recall it seems like there would be some decent places to ride there compared to other parts of Tokyo.


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