Sunday, November 15, 2020

Mt. Fuji capped with snow

A day in mid November, Brompton and I went to Tenka Chaya, a historic tavern in the mountain with a perfect view of Mt. Fuji.


Route: Fujikyu Railway Somoyoshida Sta. ~ Misaka Pass ~ Fuefuki City
Total Distance: 42.31 km (hillclimb part 16.29 km)
Elev Gain: 1,335 m (min elev 256m max elev 1,416m)
Moving Time: 2:47:39
Avg Moving Speed: 15.1 kph
Calories: 1,307 k C
Equipment: M6L-X (44T chain ring)

Started from Shimo Yoshida Station.

Found a local shrine on the way.

Gradually gaining elevation. On the way of hill climb to Misaka Pass, a view of Mt. Fuji appeared time to time.

The mountain, Mount Mitsutoge, was filled with autumn colors.

At 1300 meters above sea level, a whole body of Mt. Fuji suddenly appeared in front of my eyes.

I love to see this snow capped Mt. Fuji. Sacred and majestic.

Before long, I arrived at Tenka Chaya, where a Japanese famous novelist Dazai stayed to name it Tenka Chaya, meaning the best view of Mount Fuji.

She is Koume, a restaurant dog. 

After freezing ride in the mountain, I enjoyed Hoto, a signature noodle menu in the restaurant.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Brompton goes to Yarra Valley Trail Stage 1A

Last Sunday I enjoyed a ride on the newly opened Yarra Valley Trail.

[ride info]
Lilydale Station - Yering Station (return trip)
Distance: 17.32 km
Time: 56:28
Average speed: 18.4 kph
Road condition: gravel
Equipment: M6L-X raw

I started from Lilydale Station in the morning before strong south wind blew.

Near Coldstream Station. A half way of the stage 1A.

A lot of riders and runners were enjoying the trail early in the morning.

The current trail, Stage 1A,  ends in 7.5 km at Yering Station.

The trail is expected to continue toward Yarra Glen Station. According to Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Stage 1b, 4.5 km from Yering to Yarra Glen Station, requires more approvals and is more complex to construct, including bridge renovations and constructions over creeks and rivers. The work of stage 1b is expected to commence in March 2020 and should be open to the public by the end of 2021.

Though the work might not be so easy, I wish to ride through the way soon. Please share my excitement through the video clip of my return ride to Lilydale Station. It was nice!

An aerial shot of Yarra Valley Trail Stage 1A by Yarra Ranges Council. (external link)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Beach Trail Ride (Melbourne Brompton Club)

As an MBC's January activity, 11 Bromptons went out for a beach trail ride today.

Some of the members joined breakfast with visitors from Indonesia.

Other members assembled at 9:30 am to start the ride.

[ride data]
Route: Arbory Bar & Eatery - Dockland - Princess Pier- St Kilda Pier - Brighton Beach - Port Melbourne ( - Flinders Street Station)
Distance: 35.28 km
Average speed: 16.2 kph
Equipment: M6L-X raw

Video clip from our ride.

Distance to the Princess Pier was 9.95 km. Garmin 130 works well. It's nice as it weighs only 33 g.

Photo shoot of 11 Bromtons in a row.

Nice Gelato at Sunset Kiosk on St. Kilda Beach. I liked Summer Strawberry.

Then, we moved on to Brighton Beach.

Enjoyed a perfect ride on a beautiful summer day. Dayna, thanks for organizing this!