Crossing the Edo River (えど川) back to the Tokyo shore.

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The flowers in the pictures don't seem to match what's in the pond 🤔

Any botanists?

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Crossing back the Arakawa river (あら川) at sunset... Still 14km to go... 🥵

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I stopped for a quick bath at 大黒湯 (Daikoku-yu), but they didn't have food.

I also found closed at T's TanTan in Ueno Station, my favorite vegan ramen-ya 🤤

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But I didn't even get a burrito today!

I biked all day on a small sandwich, a taiyaki, two Coke Zero and one can of Orangina.

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I got stopped by the 警察!

I was riding by Chiyoda, and three cops stood in the way and made me stop. "Do you have a light?"

Oh shit... I had a tiny headlight strapped to the handlebar, but I forgot to turn on after sunset! So I switch it on, in flash mode.

"Uh? Is this enough?"... I mean... the roads are well lit, that's just to make me more visible to cars.

So they ask for my 在留カード (residence card. Luckily, I had it in my wallet. One of them goes back inside the 交番 (koban) with my card...

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Meanwhile, a female agent remains behind and asks me: "where were you going?"
"returning home, today I rode to Matsudo in Chiba"
"えええ” (sounding impressed)

"What's your job?"
”Sofuto enjinia"

"Where do you work?"

”Where is your office?"
"Shibuya, but now it's closed due to Coronavirus"

She writes my answers on a notebook. WTF? Was this a fucking interrogation? Are they gonna verify if my story checks out???

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@Clifford I was inspired to do this by Greg, a YouTuber who did a big loop through Tokyo, covering 120km in one day with a mommy bike:

I will do about 50km today...

@codewiz Good job! Looks like you had a nice day out there.

@codewiz Reading this thread makes me want to move to Japan! Bike tour in a generally bike-friendly country, followed by a dip in an onsen. That's the life!

@nippon あー!やっぱり、蓮でしょう!😅

@ekaitz_zarraga It's supposed to be a GBike, but I couldn't find exactly matching parts and in Tokyo. And anyway nobody knows what a GBike looks like around here 😅

Today, a group of boys in sport uniforms riding bicycles passed by while I was taking photos, yelling "かわいい" (cute!) and laughing at my bike. 恥ずかしい! 😳

If I were able to articulate a complex response in Japanese, I could have said: "at least I don't have to wear a baka-gakuran every day" 🖕

@codewiz tell me about GBikes, I don't know anything about them.

@loke @codewiz I'd say his bike it's much more of a bike than the ones on the picture.

@ekaitz_zarraga @codewiz Oh right. I can see that from the other pictures he posted.

@ekaitz_zarraga @loke No, mine is a proper road bike, just single speed (which was a big mistake in hindsight, Tokyo isn't flat enough, and I live on top of a hill).

@codewiz @loke (I ride a bmx in bilbao (surrounded by mountains) so... lol)

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@codewiz @ekaitz_zarraga The handlebar looks like it came off a BMX bike. What's the wheel size?

@FiXato on the rim of the dam works? AI have never seen them!!!

@codewiz your bike just seems to fit right in everywhere lol

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