2013のMTB生活 2013's MTB Life
On March 3rd, my MTB buddies increased. This is the day I first met ARA. Thanks to MK and ARA, 2013 was a fantastic year MTBing
On March 23rd, I climbed Mt. Yuragadake with MK. MK was the guide on this day. He made a mistake with the route up, and we ended up taking the mountain hiking trail instead of the forest road. We mostly couldn't ride our MTBs and it was really steep. But of course, it was a fun adventure. We took the forest road back down.
On March 31st, MK and I rode the course [Miyazu → Hioki → Mt. Nariai → Miyazu]. Along the way we saw Shoryu Waterfall, which hardly anyone has seen.
On April 11th, I tried to ride around Kunda Peninsula, but ...
This photo is Inari Shrine. This is the spot where Sesshu, a famous painter (1420-1506) painted a famous painting of Amanohashidate in 1501 at the age of 82.
On April 13th, I rode the Sugiyama course with MK. This is Miyazu's No.1 course.
On April 27th and 28th, I did the Shimanami Kaido by myself. It was a fantastic trip. On day 1, I rode from Ikuchishima to Imabari Castle, and back again. On day 2, I took the ferry to Onomichi, and rode my MTB back to my car. The highlight of this trip was not only crossing huge bridges, but also seeing Imabari Castle, raging sea currents and Mt. Shirataki.
On May 4th, I took part in ARA's Wakasa Kansen Forest Road event. It was the first time I'd ridden with 10 guys. The ocean views from the mountains were fantastic, but the ride around the coastal path was unforgettable.
On May 12th, MK and I went to explore a new trail. It turned out to be a fantastic trail with lots of variety. [Oni-no-Iwaya] (Ogre Cave) was interesting but the views were just stunning.
On May 18th, I climbed Mt. Akaiwa with MK. As soon as we entered the hiking track, we mostly had to pull, push and carry our MTBs. We were exhausted. But of course, as always, it was lots of fun.
On May 25th, MK and I went up Mt. Yuragadake again. This time we used the forest road. The downhill was tough for MK due to break failure.
On June 9th, I took part in MK's Sugiyama event. 10 guys took part in this one too. My mountain bike friends further increased.
On June 14th, I was able to ride around Kunda Peninsula. There are several beautiful beaches here.
On June 16th, MK and I explored Miyazu's most southern forest road, which MK had discovered.
On June 22nd, I rode the Kaya Iwataki Cycle Road. I got my first puncture of the year.
On June 30th, I rode to Mt. Taiko along the Tango Jukan Forest Road. It was a 72 km ride. You can see all-sorts in the mountains.
On July 13th and 14th, I took part in Ganchan's Hyo-no-sen MTB camp event. It was lot's of fun. In 4 words, [Cool], [Stormy barbecue], [Jackknife], [Gnat]. 1st Part, 2nd Part, 3rd Part.
On August 14th, I held the Miyazu Obon event. The course consisted of Kanabiki Waterfall, Mt. Myoken and Jizo Pass Suzu Forest Road. 5 people took part.
On August 17th, I took part in ARA's Ayabe Water Source Village MTB Ride. 15 people took part. We were able to see the national treasure Nio Gate, and the giant horse chestnut tree (Kyoto Prefecture's largest tree).
On August 24th, I climbed Mt. Daimoku for the first time. The view from the top was fantastic
On August 31st, I went up West Kita Forest Road for the first time in some years. The terraced rice fields were beautiful.
On September 21st, MK and I explored the NW Oeyama Forest Road. This turned out to be another fun trail.
On September 29th, I held the Mt. Yuragadake event. Including MK, 10 people took part. Riding with lots of MTB buddies is a lot of fun. Mt. Yuragadake's hill climb is quite steep, but the views are spectacular and the single track on top along with the downhill is a lot of fun.
On October 6th, I rode the Sugiyama Forest Road with MK and his blog friend (Ree). The damage from typhoon No.18 was quite bad.
On October 13th, I drove to Shiga Prefecture and rode my MTB from Mt. Yamamoto to Mt. Shizugatake. There was a 12 km single track and not only were the views of Lake Biwa fantastic, but there were also lots of historical spots to see along the way. Part 1, Part 2
On November 3rd, I held the Miyazu Full Course event. But, because of rain, 4 of us rode a shortened course. Even in light rain, we had fun.
On November 3rd, while enjoying the autumn leaves, I rode up to Mt. Tsutsumigatake for the first time. The view from Panorama Lookout on Mt. Nariai is nothing but spectacular.
On November 16th, to see the autumn leaves, I rode along Tango Jukan Forest Road until Seya Highlands. I enjoyed the beautiful seasonal scenery.
On November 23rd, I went to explore Kehara Pass and the ancient Fuko Road. I enjoyed the autumn leaves along the way again this week.
On November 30th, I took part in ARA's Kyotanba forest roads MTB event. 5 of us rode in under a cloudless sky. It was a fantastic course.
On December 23rd, I went up Sugiyama. It ended up being a snow ride. I climbed to Kazaana for the first time.
On December 25th, I rode up West Kita Forest Road again and this time made it to the end. I found a nice lookout.
On December 28th, I went to see a snowy Imabuku Waterfall. It felt like the wilderness.
On December 29th, I took a ride around Miyazu in the snow visiting places like Kanabiki Waterfall, Hosokawa Gracia Statue, Shimasaki Park and Amanohashidate.
MKさん、ARAさん、他のMTB仲間へ ありがとうございました。Thank you.