Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Touring the countryside

Ever since I first began riding road bikes, I have been obsesssed with touring Japan's countryside. After living and working in Tokyo for nearly 2 years, getting out of this urban jungle has always been my favorite thing to do. On my road bike I have traveled through Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa and the mountains of west Tokyo. Sometimes I ride alone but there is nothing better than to ride with a group of friends. Between my friends and I we have thousands of kilometers of expirience and infinite stories to tell!


This is a picture my friends and I (on right) during a 150km tour of Boso, Chiba

I try to copy my gps data from my iPhone to post online. My favorite rides have to be in Chiba, and West Tokyo.

It may seem really long on a map but when you actually ride the ride with a group of people it is a lot easier. Having conversations and drafting behind other riders really helps conserve energy.

There is just so much more that you can see from a bike rather then the seat of a car or train. There honestly isn't anything better than riding with your friends. If you ever feel like joining me for a ride, or want to talk to people about riding, go to my bike club's website. We are The Tokyo Cycling Club. 

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of some GPS based project with your route and vital statistic data visualized in some way.

    And I envy you for getting the chance to get out of this city and see the countryside in such a healthy and meaningful way.