Recent Activities (All posts)

Here are reports of our activities since April, 2013 : )

The website managers regret the speed at which we create new posts.. We are slow writers(;;) The actual activities themselves are held in accordance with the annual events table.

Weekend Ride (September)

posted Apr 20, 2015, 4:40 PM by website manager   [ updated Jun 29, 2015, 9:56 PM ]

From 20th to 21st of September, we went to Chichibu and Nagatoro in Saitama.

<Day 1> Route: http://yahoo.jp/aF2WRs
We gathered and took off from ICU at half past seven. The weather forecast was announcing rain for the past few days, but it didn't rain a single drop this day:) Taking the train from Higashi-Koganei to Ome, we bought lunch at a convenience store near the train station. Running through the countryside passing various cyclists, we arrived at the lunch site around half past 12. 

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After lunch, we climbed the Yamabushi hill for a while. With a lot of time to spare, we bought various food and rested at the Ashigakubo roadside station before heading for Chichibu. Arriving at the campsite around 6pm, we prepared for dinner and then took a bath at a guest house near the campsite. We had dinner, chattered for a while and then went to sleep.

<Day 2> Route: http://yahoo.jp/V61TbZ
We started our day with hot udon to warm our body. At the Mikado Farm right near the campsite, we enjoyed grape picking. Thirty minutes of happiness...<3

@charibu

@charibu

We hurried to Nagatoro, took lunch and enjoyed ice shaving and the rocky scenery spreading along the  Arakawa river. After spending a relaxing time, we went back to Seibu-Chichibu train station, took a train to Shiki train station and safely arrived back in ICU.

Weekend Ride (June)

posted Mar 12, 2015, 10:47 PM by website manager   [ updated Jun 29, 2015, 9:55 PM ]

On the 8th and 9th of June, we went to Minami-bousou in Chiba:)

<Day 1> Route: http://yahoo.jp/t6VtPu
In the nice and sunny weather, we gathered at ICU around 6 in the morning (so early!) and took a train from Higashi-koganei to Awakatsuyama. Everyone had a nice long nap during the three hour train ride;)

From the Awakatsuyama train station we rode our bike to a roadside station and Miura. We spotted many banners of loquat, a fruit that this area is famous for. We arrived at the roadside station and stuffed our stomach with our Cycling Club's signature lunch: open sandwich! In short, pun-sai! The choices of toppings were pumpkin salad, burdock salad, meatball, a can of sardine, curry, chikuwa, rolled omelet, custard pudding, and a can of pineapple. And yes, we did not forget to have some loquat ice cream and loquat juice as well:)

                                                                                  
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Once we're stuffed with food, it's time to take off!! But we didn't even proceed 2km before we made a stop again at Susaki cape (very typical for our cycling club lol). From the hill where the lighthouse stands, we were able to enjoy the view as far as Tokyo Bay all the way to Izu area. Though we weren't lucky enough, apparently, Mt. Fuji too could be spotted from here on a clear day. 

We also dropped by at the roadside station Nanbo Paradise, a short ride from the lighthouse. With the zoo and the biggest botanical garden in Chiba, we enjoyed the sense of tropic-ness. The ample variety of ice cream flavor consisted not only common ones like vanilla, but also other tropical flavors like mango and dragon fruits. The famous loquat that they've been advertising so eagerly were not among those flavors though...

After Nanbo Paradise, we got on the road feeling the sea breeze. Surpassing a hill, we safely arrived at the lodging site. This day's dinner was mabo tofu. For dessert we had kusamochi that we bought on the way. On top of that, the caretaker gave us hassaku orange and lemon! After finishing them, we took a shower and then went to sleep.

<Day 2> 
Another perfect and refreshing morning! We woke up at 6:30 and had udon for breakfast. We packed up and took off. On our way, with our cycling club's typical leisurely pace, we had some ice cream at a roadside station Rosemary Park and rested our legs at a footbath in roadside station Kamogawa Ocean Park. We lunched at "Umaimonoya Matsuyoshi", a seafood restaurant near Onjuku train station. Exquisite meals such as sashimi rice bowl, grilled fish set meal, fried chicken set meal were available at a reasonable price ranging between 700-1500yen.
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We took a train from Ohara train station, 8km from the Matsuyoshi restaurant, and traveled all the way back to Mitaka, arriving in ICU around 7pm.

Weekend Ride (May)

posted Jun 18, 2013, 1:20 AM by website manager   [ updated Jun 29, 2015, 9:55 PM ]

On the 25th and 26th of May, we went on a two-day trip to the Citizens' Forest, Okutama \(ovo)/ 

<Day One> 
Route: http://yahoo.jp/dh3L9w
We left ICU at eight in the morning, took train from Higashi Koganei to Musashi Itsukaichi, had lunch there, and left for the Forest! On a steep slope whose gradient seemed to reach 8 to 10% at times, we totally exhausted ourselves climbing the 20km of it on a bicycle loaded with side bags and pots...((((;*;A;*;)))) After the hard work came the delightful downhill! We sliced the wind and arrived at the 'Tamagawa Camping Villege.' In an outdoor hotspring, we washed away the sweat from the day's labor. Then we had delicious curry for dinner!! In the night, a party was held and games were played : )

the slope @charibu

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<Day Two> Route: 
http://yahoo.jp/0ju66X 
We got up at eight in the morning .*\(*'A')/*, and had pasta for breakfast. Then we took a short ride to 'Kosuge Hot Spring,' and enjoyed its outdoor hotspring, jacuzzi, and 'Goemon bath.' We had lunch there, then we rode to Okutama, and took train from there to Higashi Koganei. We arrived safely back in ICU at about six in the evening.

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