They say "variety is the spice of life". On Saturday I did a ride that mixed it all up, from mountains to coast, city to countryside, old to new. It made for interesting contrasts.
I decided to join a Half-Fast ride from Takaosanguchi to Yabitsu and Hadano (a bit under 70 km). The weather was much warmer than it the last two weeks and it became my first ride of the season in regular cycle wear (Half-Fast LS jersey and GS Astuto bib shorts).
I cycled about 40 km to the start to meet up with Sal and 8 other riders. I did not decide how to ride back until we got to Yabitsu. I could have done a "Double Yabitsu" like a few times before, or I could have taken an urban but more direct route back from Hadano like the last part of my 200 km brevet on April 8. In the end I chose to head on to Enoshima with Sal and a few others.
The views along the coast, particularly around Enoshima and Kamakura were very atmospheric because of the strong wind which whipped up big waves and some sand clouds near the beach.
I enjoyed the contrast, from starting in Tokyo to rural roads around Magino and then the mountains between Miyagaseko and Yabitsu toge. Kamakura was a total contrast to that again.
After taking pictures around Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine I crossed Miura peninsula to the east side and up the coast to Yokohama for a sunset around Yamashita koen and Minato mirai.
The total came to 202 km. Because I had worked hard to keep up with the Half-Fast crew during the middle third, I was pretty worn out by the time I got home (and I had slept less than five hours before the start). Like after BRM408 the weekend before, I really needed the Sunday just for recovery but I felt totally refreshed by Monday.