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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.

Winter cycling 2010-2011

Mountain bike from back in snow near Takano Shrine

At the end of 2010 we had a lot of snow here in Shiga. On 31 December 2010 I didn’t get very far on my old mountain bike, but it was a beautiful day.

Greg Peterson standing with Trek 520 bike

As a New Year’s resolution for 2012, I hope to get outdoors more often on my 1996 Trek 520 touring bike. It’s taken me thousands of kilometers around Shiga Prefecture (and a few in Mie). In 2008 I overhauled it and added a Brooks B17 saddle, a Carradice Barley saddlebag, and Schwalbe Marathon tires (Marathon XR 700x35c). It’s not fast, but it’s very comfortable and reliable, even on dirt roads.

In 2011 I got off to a good start in early February, but I haven’t gone cycling very often since rainy season, which began in late May. We had a lot of rain, and then I became extremely busy with weekend events at the university. Autumn was a disaster. In October and November I worked many weekends, it rained some Sundays, and then I caught a cold that lasted several weeks. In 2012 I hope to motivate myself to get back on the bike and ride more often.