- Aug 5, 2006
旅も終盤ですね！！ 頑張って！ そして楽しんでくださいね
旅も終盤ですね！！ 頑張って！ そして楽しんでくださいね
YellowGiant by keitai said:
DAY 7: I SUPPOSE IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER!
The day started out perfectly. A little bit cold, but nothing that 10 minutes of pedalling wouldn't fix. Traffic was light, the sun was shining, and almost no wind. Leaving Nobeoka, there's a long straight flat of about 5km, and then it starts to go up - I was expecting that, so no problem; just drop down and grind up.
BUT, after riding in the mountains (actually, the road followed the valley floor, and I think the highest elevation it reached was about 300-350m) for about 15km, I rounded a bend, and WHOOSH! One huge gust of headwind while I was on a climb - every cyclist's nightmare!
I actually laughed, because the climb wasn't that long, nor was the gust; and I was thinking, "wait 'til I tell the guys about this one"! Little did I know, that this was just a taste of what was in store for me for the rest of the day. The more I rode up the road, the more frequent these "headwind gusts" became, until finally, it was just continuous.
At 34km out of Nobeoka, my feet got so cold from the constant wind blowing into them, that finally, I had to stop in the sunlight, take off my shoes & socks, and rub my toes until they warmed up again. The socks I was wearing were useless, so I just left them there on the side of the road, and put on another pair. I rode for 1km, and had to stop again to change my gloves to the big thick heavy duty ones, and put on my big blue "Columbia" rain jacket. The timing was just right, because not long after that came the descent. 10km down, then another 10km of ups & downs - mostly down!
But the wind still didn't let up! Pedalling on a fairly steep down-hill, and having to push it just to hold 30km/h is humiliating... AND IT SUCKS!!! When I finally got to the turn-off - still Rte.10 - the wind was coming from the exact direction I needed to go in.
But first, I had to find a combini, so I could buy another pair of socks to put on - Daily Yamazaki, where I had lunch too, and wondered how much more of this wind I could take - AND, I still had one more climb to do. On the second climb though, once I was in the mountains, the wind (thankfully) let up. At the top was a 940m tunnel. I timed it right, and nobody came up behind me, but once I was on the other side, the wind was back there waiting for me - ALL THE WAY TO BEPPU!
But I made it here - frozen toes, and frozen nose. Checked into a nice hotel - 6,300en, and getting ready for tomorrow's ride back to the airport.
Should be back in Tokyo tomorrow night. See you all soon! T
THE TALLY SO FAR:
DAY 1: 88km
DAY 2: 154km
DAY 3: 92km
DAY 4: 149km
DAY 5: 122km
DAY 6: 142km
DAY 7: 121km (TODAY)
TOMORROW, I'M EXPERTING ABOUT 110km, WHICH WILL BRING THE TOTAL TO 978km - 22km SHORT OF 1,000. IF ... I RIDE BACK FROM HANEDA AIRPORT...
I KNOW IT'S SHORT NOTICE, BUT DOES ANYONE WANT TO JOIN ME? I'M AIMING TO ARRIVE AT HANEDA AT AROUND 7:00. IF WE RIDE TO SAY, SHIMBASHI, WHERE EVERYONE CAN GET HOME EASILY FROM, WE CAN ALL EAT TOGETHER. SORRY ABOUT THE LATE NOTICE, AND YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE PLANS - IF SO, NO PROBLEM. THIS MESSAGE IS TO THE PEOPLE WHO AREN'T DOING ANYTHING TOMORROW NIGHT.