Or if someone knows a better route, let me know. My friend owns a nice cafe, maybe a little on the up-scale end, out in Higashi Omiya. It seems like it'd be a nice trip for lunch or something like that.
I'd at least be starting in Shinjuku. But from there to the cafe is 30k, making the round-trip to be 60. Depending on the day/situation, I'd certainly be up for stretching it out a little further somehow, but I'm not familiar with any of the roads past Ikebukuro. Anyone commute on those roads have advice?
Sunday is best for me, yeah. Work is silly busy at the moment, to taking cheeky days off in the week to go riding is not happening at the moment.
Roads up here;
Yeah, the route you chose looks fine. I sometimes take that route, but I also go down the Arakawa a lot. I think for what you have planned, I can't see any problems. There is a really nice run from Urawa to Omiya which I use for sprinting practice. Totally flat, and with newly resurfaced roads, it is one of my favourite speedway strips.
Traffic wise, it is all fine up here. Worse in Tokyo, I find.
Send me a message and we can exchange contact details and all that.
I'm all for stretching it out. We could always go past the cafe, out into Inaka a bit, and then stop at the cafe, and then head home.
I'm also making everyone welcome. If anyone else is interested, what's your limit on distance? So far, my first and only TCC ride was a great experience, with the advanced people waiting for my slow butt, but even that beginner's ride was a bit intimidating in length (before I got finished with it. I'll go back and do the same route by myself again in a heartbeat.)
Tomorrow, I've got some free time, So I might squeeze in an exploratory trip on the route, with what you've told me Owen.
So on Friday I scouted it out, and Owen's right. 17 is no fun. 35 is a much better route, but I got a bit turned around between Kawaguchi and Akabane. So... I could definitely lead a group of people from Shinjuku to the cafe in Higashi Omiya... as long as you're tolerant of a bit of uncertainty. I'm free this Sunday, if anyone is interested.
After Talking to Tim just now at the L shop I mapped a route......
>> Sunday Cafe Ride << I think we will avoid the worst areas, but getting out of Tokyo is always the trick, This looks like an 80Km ride total, so if we left at 8AM from Shinjuku and ride at my slow pace, (say 22Km/h honest including stoplights etc pace) we should be at the cafe around 10 AM, say an hour for lunch and some rest, then head home. We could be back by 1PM at a reasonable pace...... also known as a SLOW pace
Timdesuyo is checking to make sure when the cafe opens, if it does not open until 11AM then a later start.....?