Monday, May 4, 2015

MS Track and Field Finals

Saturday May 2nd was the MS Track and Field Finals.  It was at Oi Futo Track, which is out near Haneda Airport.  It is about 40 kilometers one way to get from Higashi Kurume to Oi Futo track.  Bette has done this trip by bicycle before so I decided to go with her.  We started out at 5 am.
Just before Bette showed up. 
The sun had barely risen, but it was looking like it was going to be a beautiful day.  We were able to get to the field much quicker than we thought, taking us about 3 hours instead of 4 hours.  
CAJ settling in on the bleachers.
Running the 100 meter hurdles.
Students sitting down on track waiting for awards.
Students sitting down on track waiting for awards.

Giving out awards.
CAJ did a fine job in their events.  After the track meet, we rode back to Higashi Kurume. 
I was challenged to bicycle over the Ejima bridge near Matsue City, but that bridge is 758 km (471 miles) away.  I did ride on a bridge.  
Crossing some water.
It took us a bit longer going back, part of the reason is there is more traffic at that time of the day.  We also made a stop for dinner.  Bette and I noticed a little hole in the wall place on our way down to the track meet, called Baha Homemade Tacos.  You don't find too many places that sell authentic Mexican food.  We thought we'd try this little place, if we could find it back.  We did, although there were some doubts. 
It looked like a house in the middle of two tall buildings.  Half was this taco place the other half was a cleaners.
They even had a couple of seats inside.  We sat on a bench on the sidewalk.
I had a chicken burrito and it was delicious!  We also had a soft ice cream cone for dessert.  It's pretty authentic.  Now to remember where it is! 
Along the way, I noticed that the azalea's were coming out.  They were quite pretty. 
Here are a few more pictures as we were heading back.  I have to admit that these pictures were taken with my iPhone.  It isn't as easy taking photos as you're bicycling with an iPhone as with a camera. 
Someone must love aliens!

Bicycling past a bus station.
It was a long day, but the weather was very nice, maybe got a little too much sun, but a great day.  You would have thought with all those natural vitamins I acquired being outside all day, I would have been able to combat this cold. :)  I am thankful for the opportunity I had to bicycle to another place in the Tokyo area.

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