Day 4: Slow tour of Yorkshire

Skipton to Saltaire

On day 4 we travelled a little bit further afield. The start of this ride was Skipton. This should take two trains from Hull – the Transpeninne Express to Leeds and then a Metro train to Skipton. We took four trains…. one that accidentally went to Selby and one returning us to Leeds.

Saltaire is:

  • a Victorian model village
  • near Bradford in West Yorkshire
  • named after its founder, Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire
  • an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This ride starts of in Skipton the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. There are a number of good coffer shops. These are of course a good place to start a bike ride.


This route starts on country lanes. They hold stunning views that can not easily be captured in a single photo. But, as a word of warning, there are a couple of small hills with gradients around 20%.

Stone wall

You need to keep a keen eye out for a pub lunch! The first part of the ride has a limited number of options. I had a lovely pie and Helen had bangers and mash.

After the more strenuous hills and riding through someone’s farm … the route becomes a lot simpler following the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Easy gradients but unfortunately the towpath has not been well maintained.

There were some impressive locks, including the 5 level rise Bingley lock.

Since we were a little delayed in our start and the forecast was for rain, we decided to shorten our ride and finish in Saltaire. We’re glad that we did. Saltaire, an UNESCO site, is a fascinating model village. It’s mill, now closed, has been turned into and art space with tasteful shopping.

I’d recommend visiting Tambourine for you cake and coffee needs.


On the Brompton…

The aim of today was to see Mt Fuji – with our Bromptons.  

Reading the weather forecast yesterday, we saw it was going to be 21 degrees and clear skies until the afternoon – perfect time to go!

We got up early… And left hotel by 7am… To make the train to Shinjuku… And a very quick change to a limited express (which runs infrequently) to Otsuki. It took 2 hours to reach Lake Kawaguchiko, but we didn’t mind as the view was spectacular.

We decided to cycle around the entire lake (approx 20kms).  It was a combination of cycle/walking paths to roads. Even when we had to go on the roads, the drivers gave us over 1 meter of space. Nice! Majority of the paths were in good condition, only rough in a few places.

We stopped in a couple of spots to take photos, and eat lunch. We finished the day by going up the rope way for a view of Mt Fuji. 

All round the weather was fabulous, and the views magnificent.  We can now say we have seen Mt Fuji… finally!  Another bonus was we also made it back in time for the train with good connections back to Tokyo.

Viva bici in Buenos Aires

Helen is sound asleep and I am drinking Quilmes. At around $3 from my mini bar, that’s certainly a bargain.

Today was our first full day in Buenos Aires. To get ourself oriented we thought we would ride a bike. Fortunately for us Santi, Ben and Taylor from Biking Buenos Aires were only too happy to show us the ropes…. for the required fee of course!

We toured through San Telmo, La Bocca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Retiro and Centro. All up good fun. Lunch was had a permanent “truck” where plenty of porteno office workers had lunch (hopefully Helen will upload her lunch photo shortly). I know I’d be a regular if I worked here.

Some photos for you

Biking Tour around Buenos Aires

Biking Tour around Buenos Aires

Biking Tour around Buenos Aires

Biking Tour around Buenos Aires

To see some more go to Flickr

Night New York Bike Ride

Yes, it is true, we are back from our holiday. But sometimes you realise that you had so much fun, that you forgot some important posts. So, here is the first of a number of catch-up posts that I will make to the blog – so that in the future, I will remember what I did!

Certainly one of the highlights of our trip was a 6 hour night bike tour of New York. We saw a lot of lower Manhattan and experienced the different night life in these areas. The tour is operated by Bike the Big Apple.

While it was a cool night, it was clear and dry – making for some good photographs. I was testing the limits of my Canon EOS M. Greater camera if you can wait for it to focus – whassup Canon? As you will see below, it operates surprisingly well in low light.

Riding the backstreets of China Town
NYC night bike tour

Alongside the Brooklyn Bridge
NYC night bike tour

Riding up the Brooklyn Bridge
NYC night bike tour

Skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge
NYC night bike tour

No Cars on Wall Street – but Bikes are o.k.
NYC night bike tour

I prefer NY traffic over Adelaide traffic.
NYC night bike tour

Washington Square Arch
NYC night bike tour

The Standard of the High Line
NYC night bike tour

Times Square
NYC night bike tour

On the bike

At last we got back on a bike today. Cycled from Central Park entrance at 5th Avenue up to East 90. We went through a few blocks on the Eastside, and managed to stay on the right side of the road – literally. We then crossed back through the park around 100th Avenue over to the West side where we connected up with Riverside Park (fans of You’ve got mail, know what this looks like!), then back through the local streets to Central Park, and back down to exit on 7th Avenue. It was all pretty easy, as the roads we went on were one way. It was great to get back on the bike, and certainly felt better for it afterwards.

Kym in Riverside Park
Walking NYC

Riverside Park
Walking NYC

We got here by bike
Walking NYC

On bikes again

On bikes again
Originally uploaded by kdt

In Himeji.

It was raining when we arrived. We spent most of the afternoon exploring the shops, underground walkways, and getting lost. Thankfully the weather the next day was a lot clearer (sky tends to clear up around 9:30ish), and we hired the free bikes from the hotel. Yeah free bikes are great.

Himeji is a grid city like Adelaide and dead easy to get around. We cycled up to the castle, and around the town before catching the afternoon train to Hiroshima.

Bike Riding

bike riding
Originally uploaded by kdt

We kind like using the mobile phone to post to the blog only problem is that we need to come back and add text because using a mobile phone keyboard is way to slow.

Cycling in Japan is a real transport option for local travel and everyone, including the police, cycle on the footpath. Fortunately the one or three gear bikes don’t go that fast so most pedestrians can dodge potential accidents. It also means that they are no great up hills.

Which was alright because as Lonely Planet described Nara as mostly flat (that description clearly excluded the Hilly Bits where the best toursit attractions were!). Undeterred we made these bikes transport our weary bodies for a day. We’re planning to do the same in Himeji and Hiroshima. I am aiming for a three speed bike this time and working brakes!