Chiba Cycling

Distance: 107.8km
Total Elevation Change: 1,232m
Time: 4:28:16
Average Speed: 24.1kph

Chiba offers a refreshing change from Tokyo especially in the winter where it is a few degrees warmer. I usually drive to the rest stop in Minami-boso where I can park the car for free and start riding from there.


The Kawatsu Sakura around Sakuma Dam (佐久間ダム)looked as though they were in full bloom so instead of by usual counterclockwise route through Tateyama and Minami-Boso, I went clockwise so that I could go through the dam first. The cherry blossoms around the dam were as nice as advertised though it was quite a steep hill getting out.


My usual course is ocean side then mountains which lets me enjoy a rather leisurely ride alxng the coast before heading into the mountains where I am fairly tired. This course, however, leaves me tired after the mountains and consequently makes it difficult to enjoy the coastal road so I suspect I will revert to the seaside-mountain order from next time.


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