|Cosmic Carbon! But you can't tell from this angle...|
After just about 40km of riding we stopped to refuel at a nearby konbini. (I don't feel too bad, but I'm noticeably weaker and not in great shape) There, I gave Rin a message to see if he could meet up with us. It must be over a year since I last rode with him and we're all glad he's well and back on his bike! He requests to meet at Chou-Chou in Matsunaga so we head there before thinking about where to go next.
After picking up Rin get a call from Matsu-fufu and decide to meet up with them in front of Onomichi Station. After arriving there we then grab a little snack for the rode just enough to last until lunch time. At first what I thought would be a normal day riding the usual routes, Matsu-fufu offers taking us to Takehara where there's good roads, good scenery and good food! Without hesitation we agree on the 5 of us head out a long the coast to Takehara through Mihara. It was my first time to Takehara and what an awesome place it was! Just like they said there was a fantastic scenery and an awesome lunch! There was even a beach named after me! (.. I think?)
|The long flat road and the beautiful ocean view heading to Takehara|
|Time to refuel! Daikon-oroshi Ponzu Hamburg Set! There was soup, too!|
After arriving in Mihara, Matsumoto-san (who enjoys watching people suffer) Led us the dreadful hilly route that would take us back to Matsunaga. Now the legs were really suffering, but I somehow managed to stick with it. Rin is in very good form! He led much of the way and was the first up each climb! It's good to see him riding again! Matsu-fufu as always, loving to do painful activities and Pei-san with his Cosmics were also looking good. Everybody is in good form except me! Boohoo, but that's what I get for being lazy.
Today's ride totaled about 135km. First time in a long time I've ridden that much, and definitely didn't expect to do that after a long break from riding. Tonights beer will taste real good, but tomorrow's hill-climb time trial is gonna hurt real bad :( Nonetheless, today I was able to get in some much needed exercise and sun!
Alright, I think I deserve a beer!