Ride For any TCC 'tilers'

joewein

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New Year, new Max Square! I'm up to 13x13, which will put me in the #5 spot for Japan after the next ranking update (unless someone else adds to theirs).

I picked up 11 tiles or so (*) south of my previous Max Square today after Akira's ride. We meant to head into some hills west of Takao, but it was too icy for that, so we headed down to Chigasaki and Enoshima. After a nice lunch with a beach view I first grabbed the tile for the southern half of Enoshima, then headed inland from near Zushi to knock off one tile after another between there and Kawasaki, most of them after dark. 180 km, lots of Fuji views and a Nepalese dinner. What's not to like?


(*) Correction: It was a total of 18!
 
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Half-Fast Mike

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First tiles of 2020! Added 14 around the Ōi-Matsuda area, thanks to a wonderful holiday-day ride designed by @giant_ameba and executed together with @microcord. Expanding my territory was not the purpose of the ride, but I'd be lyin' if I said the prospect didn't boost my motivation.

Within a few minutes we stumbled upon a garage full of classic cars and bicycles. @microcord is contractually-bound to stop at anything like this and take pictures, interrogate anyone within range, and generally indulge hisself. Eventually we actually did some cycling. This featured a couple of new and peaceful rindō, taking us the sneaky back-way to a mountainside field of (nearly-blossoming) wintersweet trees, plus a charming old-ish schoolhouse. Then 10 km along a riverside psyclepath - a CX race was clearly underway on the levee. The hills of the latter half were less high but still had some steep bits.

This ride boosted my cluster westward a little along the Shōnan coast, but created some lonely tile islands that I'll deal with soon. (I have detailed plans...)

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stu_kawagoe

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First tiles of 2020! Added 14 around the Ōi-Matsuda area, thanks to a wonderful holiday-day ride designed by @giant_ameba and executed together with @microcord. Expanding my territory was not the purpose of the ride, but I'd be lyin' if I said the prospect didn't boost my motivation.

Within a few minutes we stumbled upon a garage full of classic cars and bicycles. @microcord is contractually-bound to stop at anything like this and take pictures, interrogate anyone within range, and generally indulge hisself. Eventually we actually did some cycling. This featured a couple of new and peaceful rindō, taking us the sneaky back-way to a mountainside field of (nearly-blossoming) wintersweet trees, plus a charming old-ish schoolhouse. Then 10 km along a riverside psyclepath - a CX race was clearly underway on the levee. The hills of the latter half were less high but still had some steep bits.

This ride boosted my cluster westward a little along the Shōnan coast, but created some lonely tile islands that I'll deal with soon. (I have detailed plans...)

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Looks lovely, Mike.
 

Karl

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First tiles of 2020! Added 14 around the Ōi-Matsuda area,...

This ride boosted my cluster westward a little along the Shōnan coast, but created some lonely tile islands that I'll deal with soon. (I have detailed plans...)

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Well done! Now you're down in my neck of the woods. You keep chipping away at the tiles, but the 'Golden Tiles'TM northeast of Yamakita remain! ;)

In case you do attempt those tiles, have a look at this ride/hike... https://www.strava.com/activities/2339960697 . Not sure if it is still the case, but the trail you need to score several of the tiles up there is blocked at the tunnel and we (Sean, GOK and I) couldn't find any way to scramble around it. Had to do a major hike and come at it from the other direction IOT to bag it.
 
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Half-Fast Mike

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the trail you need to score several of the tiles up there is blocked at the tunnel and we (Sean, GOK and I) couldn't find any way to scramble around it
Yes. I remember the hail report well. I'm contemplating various options...

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The consequence for you (19 km hike, with @sean-e having less than the normal complement of intact shoes) was, to me, disturbing yet disturbingly motivational.

Anyway, those elevations will remain undisturbed by me for at least the next few months.
 
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joewein

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Yeah! When intel indicates this at one end...
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...and this at the other...
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...I am very curious.
As attempts to discourage entry go, these two specimens are quite impressive. The first sign also mentions something about a camera.

The second image at least gives a reason for the prohibition, 落石 (rakuseki, falling rocks).
 

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Within a few minutes we stumbled upon a garage full of classic cars and bicycles. @microcord is contractually-bound to stop at anything like this and take pictures, interrogate anyone within range, and generally indulge hisself.
Always surprised, often happy, to encounter things even older than myself. (And one of them was a Packard.)

The second image at least gives a reason for the prohibition, 落石 (rakuseki, falling rocks).
Pfft, that's one of the most humdrum signs there is. And クマ isn't much better. Now, 落熊 (rakuyū, falling bears), that might impress me.
 

Half-Fast Mike

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That's the one.
A few CX skills might be good for tiling. A lonely tile up a mountainside? Shoulder the bike and hop on up!
Definitely essential to successful tiling. I've discovered hundreds of tracks that can't be ridden up - at least not by me. But riding back down them is tons of fun. I haven't yet regretted hauling the bike. I reckon I'd enjoy cyclocross were it not for the 'race' aspect. (I love the obstacle-course part, but I know that I would do myself a mischief trying too hard to get nearer to the front.)
 
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joewein

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Pfft, that's one of the most humdrum signs there is. And クマ isn't much better. Now, 落熊 (rakuyū, falling bears), that might impress me.
I have to admit, "falling rocks" doesn't cut it for me. That doesn't do much to keep me out. I figure, those rocks will maybe fall after a typhoon or in winter during frost, but not the very moment I happen to pass by. So I would take that risk.

Likewise, if there is a sign by the roadside warning of bears, it's more of a reason to stop and take a picture, to show off to non-cyclists at home what bold daredevils we cyclists are (while feeling only a little uneasy about the risk of being chewed up). Those are just so the local village officials can't be accused of not having issued proper warnings after one bear was sighted there one time three years ago.

If however, I see a bear warning plastered on the face of a proper gate designed to keep out each and every cyclist, I know which side of that gate I would rather be. Let somebody else try to collect those tiles!
 
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Karl

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There was once mention of interest in getting jerseys for those crazies among us who do tiling. Since today was rainy and cold and I had a bit of time on my hands, I thought of this as one possibility. It is very crude since I have zero artistic skills, but just putting it out there. (The idea of the Daruma dolls on the shirt is so that once you reach a certain level of squares or cluster, you color in the second eye.) Too nerdy?
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