Well, it's such a cool concept that I had to ride it using the portable Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro that I recently brought to Japan in my checked luggage.
Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro all disassembled into its Samsonite suitcase
|iPhone 6 Plus on the stem for Google Maps navigation. The aerobars are only used to hold accessories.|
GPS tracklog recorded using my new Garmin Vivoactive HR
A route map along the Kyotoyawatakizu Cycling Road
I have to say the end of the cycling route is rather disappointing. The start is near the beautiful Togetsukyō (渡月橋) in Arashiyama. The route peters out at an ordinary road intersection. Since Kizu is near Nara, it would be nice there the bike path could be extended all the way into Nara.
Cycling Road terminus
Osaka Bay 37.0 km away
Following the water, it appears this is as far along the bike path as one can get. Notice you can make out Osaka castle 400m away. The board explain how a bicycle can get there taking two city streets and one bridge:
The end of the bike path along this section. Osaka castle is visible in the background.
|Entrance to Osaka Castle|
Bike Friday by the moat. I am not here to fish:
The moat at Osaka castle
Unfortunately, the Yodogawa section of the route is not so friendly for an entirely different reason: there are frequently gates or barriers that are designed to basically force cyclists to dismount:
|Along the Yodogawa|
Anyway, it's about 53 km from Osaka back to Kyoto University. And at 100 miles and 3000 kcal total, overall I'm a pretty happy camper: