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Summer 2016 [Aug. 31st, 2016|06:33 pm]
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This has been a full and fulfiling summer of meetings with old friends, the arts and outdoor activities. As usual, I disproportionately photographed the outdoor stuff.
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All Runs (July 2016) [Jul. 30th, 2016|08:09 am]
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I like this map more than cheese, and I really really really like cheese.
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Miyagi Run: Soft Cream (and other creams) [Jul. 29th, 2016|08:01 am]
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soba, zunda parfait
black bean ice cream, hazelnut chocolate/baseball nuts yukidaruma

I don't know how I only managed to have one proper soft cream cone on this trip! I'll do my best in the rest of the summer to compensate for this egregious error.
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Miyagi Run: Days 3-7 [Jul. 28th, 2016|09:24 am]
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Day 3: Koriyama to SendaiCollapse )

Day 4: Sendai to TomeCollapse )

Days 5-7 in TomeCollapse )
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Miyagi Run: Days 1-2 [Jul. 27th, 2016|04:37 pm]
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Sometimes I plan these trips for the destinations, and other times I plan them for the paths. This time was unique in that it was planned for neither. I simply wanted to connect Tokyo and Miyagi by bicycle. I made a proper visit out of the trip after arriving, but really the main purpose was just to unlock the achievement of cycling the distance between my two Japanese homes.

I first thought of doing this run back in 2009 when I moved from Tome city in northern Miyagi down to Tokyo. All of my stuff went with a moving truck, so I was free to cycle down by myself. Unfortunately, the new job’s schedule and general busy-ness of moving didn’t allow me the time, so the trip got pushed to the back burner. I still thought about trying it, but only had chances to visit Miyagi on long weekends – not enough time to both ride there and spend time with people. On longer vacations, my focus turned west to prefectures I’d yet to visit. Having completed my step-by-step tour of all 47 prefectures this March, I finally felt it was time to look east again and ride to Tome.

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Day 2: Utsunomiya to KoriyamaCollapse )
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