We have been in rainy season for the last months. It feels like it is raining every day, although there are times when it doesn't. I do not have any fenders so that also means can get wet from the tires, never mind the rain. :)
This week, there were two days that the sun came out and I decided to grab my bicycle and head on out. Here are some pictures I took on my rides.
First ride was on Thursday, July 30th. I have not been out to the Arakawa this year yet. I noticed that it wasn't supposed to rain that day, so I thought I'd see how far I would get. Here is the route, I took.
I finally got to the Arakawa. It looked like it was high. It also looked like it may have overflowed its banks recently. I usually like to go down the berm to bicycle not far from the water, but the roads down there were blocked off or quite muddy with with water puddles, some going across the whole road. It took a couple of kilometers before I actually got to see the river.
Saturday, August 1, I woke up to a sunshiny day! I believe the rainy season may be coming to a close. That does mean hot and humid weather could be in store. I looked at my weather app and it did say that it would rain later in the day, so I thought I'd better hop on my bicycle and head out. I was still a bit sore from Thursday's ride, so I didn't go nearly as far, but it was still a fun ride.
My first stop was not far from the Niiza Sports fields. I gathered that on Saturday mornings, these folks come to play croquet, or a version of it. It looks like they use croquet equipment, but it looks like they are playing a form of golf with croquet balls and mallets. It seems they are enjoying it.
There was a part of the trail where they had one kilometer marked off, every 100 meters, going in both directions. Quite impressive.
I have taken a picture of this church's cross from a distance before. This time I decided to ride past it. It is a Catholic church, I believe it's called St. Joseph's. It is a Japanese church. Impressive that one can see the cross from kilometers away.
My niece just did a 900 km bicycle trip from Abbotsford, BC to Calgary, Alberta. This ride took me from Tokyo prefecture to Saitama prefecture and back again. Yup, made it to 2 prefectures, but it really isn't comparable at all going from Abbotsford to Calgary!It looks like there's rain on the horizon, time to head home again.
I did bicycle through some paths between the gardens but ran into this little section that was quite muddy. I had to spray off my bicycle when I got home.
I found a veggie stand and bought some cut flowers and edemame. Yum!
So, one mistake I made was to forget my water bottle, filled with ice water, in my sink, in the kitchen when I left. But have no fear! There are vending machines all around and you can buy water for ¥100 - ¥120. I always have some extra change with me, so I was good.