Cherry blossoms and bike ride along the river

I haven’t been on a bike ride along the river since December 23, when I had a bad fall off my bike while trying to take a hill I wasn’t used to. My leg hurt for a couple of weeks, and then the weather turned really cold. Then I had my recent trip to Boston.

Well today the weather is beautiful. So there was no putting off a bike ride anymore. It really is nice weather today. Beautiful blue skies, and you don’t even need a jacket out. Truly spring has come.

I thought I would’ve lost muscle strength because I haven’t gone riding in so long, except for short bicycle rides to the supermarket and to run errands. However, I was still able to take all the hills I usually take, and I really didn’t get tired until after about 7 km or so. So while I still have to build up strength again, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

The cherry blossoms aren’t quite in full bloom anymore, but as you can see in these photos there are still plenty. I would say it is 70% full bloom right now in my neighborhood.

It’s just really really nice out along the river.

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Not a bridge too far

I decided to go past the “end of the road” on the path along the Nakagawa and see what was past the river’s end, that small park in the photo.

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If I zig-zag a bit around that small park, I first come a an ordinary road with no traffic. A short way’s past that you can get back on a bike path along the Shin-Nakagawa. And it’s quite a nice ride. Down by the river there is a lot of wide, green space and kids were out playing. The bike path itself is wider than along the Nakagawa, and people were strolling with their dogs, and it was generally very pleasant.

I got to a bridge and looked around and saw a landmark I knew, so was able to turn there and head home past Life supermarket, and then repeat my course a bit and head on to Maruetsu for shopping.

I see on the map in the link below that if I had gone on to the next bridge, that would have been Kuramaebashi Dori, which leads back to Shinkoiwa station.

Workout: Road Cycling
Date: Apr 1, 2013
Distance: 8.73 km
Duration: 42:39
Calories burned: 344

To view ‘Rode 8.73 km on 4/1/13′, follow the link below:
http://www.mapmyrun.com/view_workout?w=251672792

Tried a new bike route

I thought I’d see what’s on the other side of the river today so I took a different route by crossing one bridge and returning by another.

The answer is that there was not much to see. Plus the route is a bit shorter, so it was less of a workout.

Still the cherry blossoms were in full bloom today so it was a nice ride, if a bit chilly.

Workout: Road Cycling
Date: Mar 24, 2013
Distance: 5.59 km
Duration: 27:04

To view ‘Rode 5.59 km on 3/24/13′, follow the link below:

http://www.mapmyrun.com/view_workout?w=247916904

Doug