Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with nearly 40 million people crammed into the size of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, I’d guess. Not the best place for a bike ride, you think? Damn straight, at least if you dare to brave the roads, but there are pockets of green spaces here and there, and if you look hard enough you can usually find something long enough to get some exercise on.
In 2003 I did a 3-day ride with good friend John. Me on my old Maruishi Emperor, and John on his ‘mama chari’ shopping bike! I once met a guy cycling round the world on something similar, so it’s not that crazy…but still, it makes me chuckle when I see this picture.
This trip was around Boso Hanto, a peninsula right across the bay from Tokyo, but a world away in terms of cycling joy. It is tiny, just hilly enough to make John sweat on his one-speed steed, and away from the coast, car free. It’s also a bit of a forgotten land round these parts. Check out this vending machine. I’m sure this is the only one I’ve ever seen that was broken in Japan, let alone antique.
Here are our two steeds standing near where we had lunch, possibly. The sign screams ‘Curry Udon!’ and ‘Delicious Soba!’ I’m sure it was…
It appears that, since this trip was ‘pre-digital’, I was being thrifty with my shots, so nothing of the landscape or villages, which is a shame because the place, although tiny, is really nice.
4 thoughts on “Boso Hanto (Japan) – Flashback #3”
Hey. I just stumbled across your blog doing a bit of web surfing. Very cool pics!
Thanks. And nice t-shirts!
Hey there – I thought I could feel my ears burning! Nice pics, G. Especially the ones with that yellow beast in them. And that guy in the snappy silver jersey, no?
Oh, and it wasn’t ‘the finger’ – it was a banana I was waving at you. Though I don’t remember why. I don’t even care to speculate…
Yeah, better leave that between you, me and the banana…