- Mar 6, 2021
I was planning on a kawagoe loop last weekend but was unable to go in the end, I'll have to check out these side roads next time i go thereI’ve been taking both my Domane and my Fairdale along different rivers in Tokyo with a mix of gravel, bitumen, dirt and paving.
Followed those rivers up to Lake Tama we talked about and did the loop of Lake Sayama dodging oldies spread out across the trail. If you just keep the chain fence on one side it seems to make a decent ride. Strava has a tough job sometimes routing when taking a mix of surfaces, and I seem to struggle a bit with Komoot.
Was good to take the river route most of the way out to the lake avoiding those busy roads although I did end up on the Tama cycling road but left it as soon as I could. They’ve made a pedestrian path and separate bike path but it’s a free for all.
Today on an Arakawa ride to Kawagoe took some detours through rice field dirt/gravel paths which was fun. Satellite view has been helping me to find some quieter roads in Saitama closer to Tokyo.
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There is also a nice gravel track that comes off of arakawa/irumagawa at the bridge to the west of kawagoe (入間大橋) , but unfortunatley it dead ends after a few km