Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted by Bartley around 5:26 AM
Just now thinking about how I'll be writing this I realize that I should have tracked the mileage per each photo, but oh well. Anyway, even with the master plan to not plan any real 'training' into this ride, I still went 62.57 miles (100.7 km) and a max speed of 41.3 mph (66.5 kph) - I couldn't resist doing at least one sprint. But, it did take me almost 5.5 hours to do, so at least I stayed relaxed with the overall speed.
Moving onto the pictures now, I always thought it would be neat to have a picture of the bike and Zanpa Lighthouse (link takes you to Google Maps pin pointing the location of this picture). Unfortunately, they were doing maintenance on the lighthouse that day and I really couldn't get much closer than this rock here, but still a nice picture I think.
It was so nice out at Cape Zanpa that I decided to tool around on the paved trails near-by. I snapped a few shots while riding, in the second one you can see the lighthouse poking just about the trees.
From there I continued to travel north, on my way I spotted a van parked off the side of the road that was busted up and covered in graffiti, you just don't really see that here in Okinawa. I couldn't remember exactly where this was, so using Google Earth combined with the street view, I located it here. If you know Google Maps, you can actually go into the street view there and see the van without graffiti and covered in vines. Oh and by the way, there are no camera tricks or photoshoping here, that really is the size of an average van in Okinawa.
I kept on north, I thought it would be nice to get a shot by 'the big curved rock thing that goes into the ocean'. Obviously I could't remember what it was called or where it was really, I just knew that it was sort of near by and that it was one of many of the tourist attractions on the many capes of the island.
this shot on my way back to the closest road.
this picture here was not inspired by anything or planned at all, there just happened to be these flowers at the one intersection I go stopped at. I did think all the bright colors were nice. Oh look, 25.05 miles (40.31 km).
I kept on north and, success! As soon as I saw the sign for Cape Manzamo I remembered that was where the rock bit was and I hooked a left turn out it's road, and up a big hill.
this picture is at the sign 200 meters from the parking lot, and the line of cars continued for about another 100 meters in the other direction. So not only could I not get a good shot of the bike with the rock, I couldn't even get the bike out to the lookout. So this is as close to it as I got, maybe I'll try again another day.
This location on Google Maps is estimated because it's outside of their detailed imagery areas of the island.
By the time I got to the gate for LZ Wren the sun was setting and I knew that, even though I had a bit of a way to go to get back (over 20 miles/32 km), these would be the last shots of the day. The reflective parts of the bike would make night photography (with a flash) really bad.
Okay, I lied, I went back and found it here.