This ride was originally planned as a night-ride, and I would get-up at 3am then, after a hearty breakfast, be on the road by 3:30am. I try and do one of these rides each summer.
I still had my hearty breakfast – muesli & banana – but didn’t get on the road until 7:30am. It was still cool and, with luck, I would arrive home before the temperature peaked – from 12pm onwards. My plan was to cycle along the true-right side of the Yodogawa River, to the confluence with the Kanzakigawa (Map Location), and I would follow this to where it rejoined the Yodogawa near it’s mouth with the Osaka Bay, 20km x 1-hour later.
From this point the mouth of the Yodogawa was just a few short kilometers away and, behind me, was the concrete jungle of Osaka City. From here I had to cycle back upstream to the route-43 bridge, crossing it then connecting with the cycleway on the other side. My destination, the Island of Maishima (Map Location.), just 7km away.
My next photo opp’ came as I was crossing a bridge to the island, one of three that gave access to the area. In front of me was this interesting complex, part of the Osaka City Refuse Disposal facility. Quite an amazing construction, considering it’s purpose.
In the 10-years since I was last here, the island has developed considerably and, as a consequence, so has the volume of traffic. But I got here safe-and-sound and took the opportunity to have my first break of the day.
From where I sat, there wasn’t much to view. Since my last visit another reclaimed island has appeared. But . . . .
. . . . while I was sitting enjoying my lunch, this interesting craft passed through the channel. Any lower, and it would risk taking-on water, and capsize.
My next stop was at the summit of the Konohana bridge. Semi-circular in design, it was quite a grunt to reach this point but, once here, I was treated to a fine panorama of the area – to my left, Kobe City, the Yodogawa in front of me, and Osaka City to my right.
My ride through Osaka City was uneventful, but for this sign. Being a fan of museums, galleries and exhibitions, this facility has been placed on my ‘must see’ list. This link – Osaka City Sewerage Science Museum – should go some way to explaining the facility.
My next stop was at the Sakuramiya Bridge (Map Location.), that crosses the Ogawa River. From here I managed to catch a fleeting glimpse of Osaka-jo Castle.
At the end of the bridge was a path that lead me onto the Ogawa cycleway and, a kilometer-or-so on, would reconnect me with the Yodogawa, and on home. As I had a nice tail-wind on my journey into Osaka, I knew I was in for a tough ride home. The wind had picked-up considerably and, instead of pushing myself, I found a comfortable gear, and relaxed – no need in hurting myself unnecessarily.
Part way along I took a break, had the last of my bananas and emptied my drink bottles. Next to where I parked was a fresh-water fountain, and I was able to refill my bottles, emptying one before refilling it again (by now, it was just no midday and the temperature was reaching it’s peak) and remounted my bike for the last push home.
This is the map & details of my trip;
So, until next time –