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Help Takao back roads

Conrad

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Dec 8, 2014
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I've been exploring some of the back roads in my neck of the woods with a riding buddy recently, partly inspired by the map by @GrantT . I haven't tried this particular route yet , but has anyone been on these tracks around Takao? If so , how was the road surface, are there any impassable sections? Cheers for your help.

 

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
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A substantial section of r515 (starting at around 32 km on your route) is closed off by big scaffolding-pole barriers. It's possible to get past, but much easier with two people passing the bikes around the ends of the gates. A landslide a long time ago closed the road, and there have been no attempts to fix it so the condition will only get worse.

Some photos here https://picasaweb.google.com/118233924590411347950/20110108OnekanShiroyama - we had several flats among the riders with cheap tyres.
 

theBlob

Bokeh master
Sep 28, 2011
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Ha ha ha! That really doesn't qualify to be called a road anymore!
 

GrantT

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Oct 2, 2012
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Interesting stuff. A short section at 10 km is not paved and doesn't seem rideable (streetview), the path that goes past Shiroyama Lake looks like a footpath part of the way (streetview) and unpaved for most of the descent (gravelly) so that descending would be tough. The straight section going north at 68 km is unpaved, though just rideable, the section at 71 km is part grass and part gravel (rideable in the dry, risky in the wet, but very nice), there is 300 m of mud track at 81.3 km (rideable in the dry), and some steps here and there. Happy exploring!
 

Conrad

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Dec 8, 2014
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Thanks for the info @GrantT , I'll keep chipping away at the map and do a bit of recon and report back.
 
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