Cycling to Haneda Airport with a Thunderstorm
September 8, 2008 · Print This Article
FULL RIDE STATS:
- Distance: 34.38 miles
- Time in motion: 2 hours 57 minutes 08 seconds
- Average speed: 11.6 mph
- Max speed: 28.5 mph
I had wanted to cycle out to Haneda Airport for quite some time. This Sunday I finally attempted it. I was joined by UK Mike and The Can, who also ride Trek 7.3 FXs. I wrote down some rough directions based on a route planned by Tokyo Half-Fast Cycling. However, it was a bit more complicated than that, and after much asking and street sign map reading, we were able to get to a point close enough to see JAL’s planes come in really close for landings.
Our flight observation point was up on a bridge with metal railings. It was the highest point around. Below us was a small inter-coastal waterway flanked on each side by a kind of bird sanctuary and Tokyo Bay. I mentioned “metal” and “highest” because to the north we could see a huge thunderstorm just throwing down lightning like crazy. Being dudes of course, we did not make haste for the nearest protected area. Indeed, I continued to snap photos with my Nikon D80 and the Mikes passed the time boasting about how they would eat lightning, etc.
We were also surprised by how closely the jet planes zoomed over the neighboring buildings (see photos below). If one didn’t know an airport was nearby, one might thing a plane was about to crash right into the city! We did not reach the true endpoint of this route, which promises even better views of the planes. We’ll make a second attempt soon.
Oh, and we rode home the entire time in a light to moderate rain and/or thunderstorm.
CYCLING TO HANEDA AIRPORT WITH A THUNDERSTORM PHOTO GALLERY: