Today I cycled to one end of the Rin-Rin in Tsukuba then cycled half the route. I will cycle the rest on another day as this trip was 75km for me. The whole Rin-Rin is about 42km.
I have cycled it before a couple of times so I was not too bothered by not finishing it today.
Here is a map of the start of the Rin Rin from Iwase.
And here is a link to a map of the whole RinRin route.
My cycle to the starting point took me 40km, I used my gps to avoid going uphill. It was a perfect day for a ride. A porridge day, not too hot, not too cold.
The vegetables were out and so was I.
The butterflies were out too.
I had planned on going to Mcdonalds for breakfast, but when I arrived at the RinRin I was so happy that I just kept cycling. I didn’t go out last weekend and felt a bit hard done by, what with my nice clean bike and all. Then I realised how lucky I am, not going out one weekend and I feel sad. It means I go out a lot and have loads of places to go.
This is the map at the start of the route, the real route. Just to prove I was actually there. The rinrin is an old railway route that was turned into a cycle path. It is also lined with cherry trees so is stunning to ride along in the spring. It is a great route at any time of the year though. With rest stations (bathrooms) along the route, a 7/11, cafes and places to hire bicycles, plus it is flat…what more could you want?
There are abandoned stations along the way which are perfect for a rest or a picnic. And handy mile markers so you know how far you have come or gone.
Of course there are great views of Mount Tsukuba all the way along the route.
This is one of the places where you can hire bicycles. There is a shop around the corner where you can get a key to a lock. This place also has car parks and is on the bus route if you don’t want to cycle there.
This time I got to mile/km marker 19ish and stopped for a coffee at the place I usually stop. At that point I checked my map and if I finished it and went home it would be a 90+km day and I wasn’t up for that. So I decided to quit and go back another day from that point to finish it and then cycle home.
Each time I go on this route I stop at
Which you can find here:
I recommend this place for a number of reasons…
- It has a car park and they don’t mind you leaving your car while you cycle
- The coffee is great and only 300yen with a biscuit
- The lady who works there speaks English and is very friendly.
- She remembered me from a year ago and could chat to me about my summer holiday, bit spooky but nice
- I think they have bikes to rent and equipment to fix bikes
- There is a clean toilet
- You can get food at certain times of the day, but just ask the kind lady
- It has the best cherry trees nearby
- And best of all it is almost half way between the two ends if you don’t want to cycle up and down the whole thing twice.
I enjoyed today, when I first cycled this route I could not make 25km, so I am pleased with today’s efforts.