Thursday, 2 May 2013

Day off training ride

Today my mate Brian & I went out of the city on a 70km plus training ride, it was not very warm but luckily it did not rain whilst we were out , but the head winds on the homeward leg of our ride made it rather hard , felt like a lot more than 70km !. We rode out of the city towards the village of Yokogoshi before deciding not to head into the mountains , it looked like it was already raining up in the mountains so we took a left turn and made our way across the mighty Agano river to Hyoko lake and then pressed on to the onsen village of Tsukioka to take a fee foot bath which is located in the middle of the village. It felt great to give our feet a break and a nice long soak in the hot water before departing into a strong head wind on the open plain to Toyosaka . Before finding a place for lunch we stopped by one of the only motorcycle shops in Niigata that deals in vintage bikes called Rocket Motors and as we are also both members of Vespa club Niigata , it was nice to see a great old 100cc Vespa on the floor for sale. The boss then recommended a nearby ramen shop but upon finding it was closed we continued on our way and found a chain ramen  store that was doing a roaring trade and soon we were seated and devouring a nice big bowl of soft pork ramen which somehow managed to give us the energy we need for the extra 10km or so back over the river and into the city arriving home at 2.30pm . Below are a few photos of today's ride






4 comments:

Frank Delaney said...

Your all pics are very beautiful.i like it..
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Anne said...

inspiring! looks fun and healthy!

John Rose said...

He is looking like a young man :)
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