Calm lake with two boulders in left foreground and low mountains in the background.

Bike Ride to Hikone

On August 13, 2014, I rode my touring bike along Lake Biwa to Hikone Harbor and back via Notogawa Suisha (waterwheel) and Dainaka. It had been a while since I’d gone such a distance, but I know the route well, and it was a pleasant ride with nice weather except for a little rain late in the afternoon. I drank several liters of water, and the light rain cooled me down and gave me a little boost of energy near the end of the ride. The weather was about as good as it gets for cycling in mid August.

Along the way I stopped several times and made a couple of audio recordings that I’ll post later. At such a leisurely pace my average speed was only 19.9 KPH, and the ride took most of the day. I was passed by many younger and faster cyclists on racing bikes, but back home I still felt great after 101.11 kilometers.

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