Ride Route 76 / Inugoeji

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So you want to ride the Worst Road in Kanagawa? Welcome to Route 76 between Aone and Yamakita! :)

Last time I rode it, we headed west from Takao station on Rt20, then down 76 on its civilized section. We bought food at a shop in Aone village before heading past the last camp ground where we bade farewell to civilization and the road turned post-apocalyptic:


This was the complete day on Strava with some pictures:


The scenery is great. The climb has many waterfalls.

The south side descent is OK, it's the north side climb from the last camp ground to the tunnel at the top that is awful. It has been closed for years and is no longer being maintained. There are landslides after landslides. Some parts look live dry riverbeds, on other sections you'll lift your bike over piles of rocks from landslides. Ride the bike with the widest tires possible. I recommend bringing not just spare tubes but also a spare tire. SPD shoes or flat pedals with regular shoes, or else you won't enjoy the inevitable hiking on the worst sections (you may not enjoy the hiking anyway, but that's another matter!).

Any of the next three weekends would work for me, as long the weather cooperates.
 

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Let me just leave a quick comment to say a big danke to @joewein and so I get notifications for this thread. Let's do it people
 

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The civilized portion of Rt76 before Aone:



Last shop before Armageddon:



A road less traveled:



The south side exit from the tunnel: Impassable except on foot or a bike:



Naturally resurfaced road:

 

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That looks like a fun day on an adventure bike. I noticed that these forgotten roads change dramatically every year. Last weekend I took an off-road route I ride just once or twice now that I am mostly on a road bike, and basically it is just me and the monkeys. (Let's hope there are no bears around when I am.) And every time it is almost as if I am riding the route for the first time.
 
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A couple of suggestions came up in the earlier discussion, both of which attract me:

1. going up the gorgeous gorge to the east of Tanzawa-ko, as we're so close (bonus 320 m of climbing)
2. linking via Mikuni-tōge to Yamanaka-ko, and thence Fujisan station

Eleven years ago I did it twice in the direction @joewein has indicated above. I'm thus really interested in trying it the other way, i.e., pedaling up the road and coasting carefully down the crap. An advantage of this is that substantially less climbing is required. Still a lot, but a lot less.

Heading (broadly) west: 110 km, 3231 m climbing
https://www.strava.com/routes/20599617

Heading (broadly) east: 110 km (doh!), 2707 m climbing
https://www.strava.com/routes/21768663

So I'm suggesting (for discussion) the latter option. I realise that starting a ride at Fujisan Station might be a problem for No-Rinkō-Joe.
 

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I'm very much open to both suggestion (well, it's up to three now), hitting the gorge, linking it with yamanakako, and even starting from Fuji station (perhaps stay near there the previous night, depending on day of the week, weather etc).

Also, here's a link to the descent if going in the direction @Half-Fast Mike suggested. I haven't watched it myself yet, and will check again with Andrei when he shot this, but looks like 2 years ago:

Can't link from the phone. Late tonight it will be then
 

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By coincidence I just booked a tent site on the south side on the 28th. Timely. Will not bring the bike, but might be hiking to the summit of 76 that day.

What I found amazing is that the top of the valley is just 1:30hrs by car from Tokyo.
 
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@Half-Fast Mike, north to south is definitely more challenging to ride because of the rough north side, but the descent after the tunnel is a piece of cake all the way down to Shin Matsuda and then you have a direct connection to Shinjuku on Odakyu if you rinko.

Fujisan station as a start or a finish is a longish train ride and I definitely wouldn't be taking that option. But if we were to do the toge south-north, as in your preferred "heading (broadly) east" proposal, I could still work something out to be able to join, though it would be more complex for me than my original proposal: I could for example start from somewhere around Shin-Matsuda / Odawara / Hadano, meet with the rest of the guys near the lake, do the wild Rt76 together, then head downhill from Aone on Doshi michi on my own and loop back to my start via Yabitsu (using my car to get to the start/finish of my personal loop). It did something similar last time we climbed Mikuni from the south.
 
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luka

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looking at the video, all I know is that I'd much prefer to descent that than to climb it. it took him more than half an hour to descend it, but I recon we need to think about 3-4 hours just for that climb (not sure how long is it?)
 
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Another option, @joewein, might be to drive up to Fujisan with your bike, do the ride, lock up bike, take train back to car, drive back to bike, drive on home. Just a suggestion. (I've thought about something similar for a long one-way hike I want to do, but which is really hard to get to in the early morning...)
 
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luka

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drive up to Fujisan with your bike, do the ride, lock up bike, take train back to car, drive back to bike, drive on home
or, you know, just bag the bike on the train. since we're at suggestions?

you can't be allergic to trains? to training, I'd understand, but it's not quite the same thing eh? ;)
 

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This bike was not designed to go into a rinko bag and indeed it's not a trivial exercise (fenders, 30 cm wide front carrier, dynamo headlight wired to fork leg and front carrier). I might yet come up with a solution for that, but probably not this year... So I plan my rides around that restriction.
 

luka

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aaaaahh now I see. yeah that would be quite something to disentangle and put back together again. I guess it's car and some sort of a personal loop for you then (probably better lot than what we'll have on public transport with dirty bikes and legs etc)
 

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That just looks like a whole lot of fun! Anyone know of a good deal on a CX bike.....;) :cry:
 

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it took [Andrei] more than half an hour to descend it, but I recon we need to think about 3-4 hours just for that climb (not sure how long is it?)
From the shop to the top is 16 km. More than half is paved. Should be less than 2 hours to climb, in that direction.
 
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