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♪ Holding my breath, and I'm ready to go ♪
♪ I'm falling right in, and I'm ready to go ♪
♪ I found what I want, and I know that we're on top ♪
♪ So I dive in, and I'm ready to whoa-oh ♪
♪ Holding my breath, and I'm ready to go ♪
♪ I catch you laughing, and I'm ready to go ♪
♪ You're holding a match and getting it light ♪
♪ And so I dive in, and I'm ready to whoa-oh ♪
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- Hey, yesterday, it was just torrential rain.
Probably rained from, since we woke up to about 5 PM.
Checked the forecast,
and it said today would be beautifully sunny.
Should've looked at the wind a little bit more,
it's gonna be a headwind all the way to Akagi, I think.
But once we're there, we'll be in the forest,
get some nice shielding on the Rindo to the top (pants).
Hopefully, some awesome views, if the clouds stay away.
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So, I've probably climbed Mount Akagi some,
twenty times now or so, maybe more,
but each time I try to work a little bit more on
figuring out the best way to get exactly
to the base of Akagi from Kiryu.
Mount Akagi is one of the iconic mountains
of the continental plains of the area we live in in Japan.
On a clear day, from anywhere in Gunma,
you can probably see the mountain,
and it was one of the first major mountains
that I fell in love with climbing here
because of it's amazing hidden backroad
that cars seldom go up.
But each time I go out to Mount Akagi,
I try to perfect the commute miles of the ride,
I try to perfect the commute miles of the ride,
testing out different little roads between here and there,
which is how I came upon this awesomely wide bike path
that gets you out a fair ways.
Woo!
Gunma Insect World: the largest collection of insects
in Japan, dead and alive!
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The Mount Akagi is a really massive stratovolcano,
at over 1800 meters high, at it's highest point.
The mountain basically starts at the base of the Tone River,
some 50, maybe 100 meters above sea,
so it has a huge prominence.
It can often be deceiving when you see it in the distance
as you might think there's multiple mountains,
but you're actually just seeing the different jagged peaks
of the caldera ring that houses the caldera lakes
inside the center of the mountain that were formed
when the mountain erupted some 30,000 years ago.
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Now, for those segment hunting,
this is where the official climb begins.
From here, you have about just around 10 kilometers
at an average of 8.5 or so percent.
It's a bit deceptive because the beginning starts off steep
like this, there's a low and some drops
after about two kilometers in, once you get past the shrine.
Now, one of the nice things about this climb is
they number the turns, you can see there:
Numbered one, all the way up to, I believe 99.
I don't think they numbered the last turn
because it turns onto the road,
but you've got a 100 curves to the top.
And, if you look at the profile of it, it really --
there's just switchback after switchback most of these,
probably well over 60 of them are switchbacks.
Now, you might think, "Ah, when I hit curve number 50,
I'm halfway there".
No, don't try to think the number of curves you're on
is an indicator of how far up you are 'cause
there is some serious space between some of these curves.
Alright, let's hit the climb.
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♪ Drifting ♪
♪ And the day starts coming ♪
♪ Cold and wandering ♪
♪ I saw lines up running ♪
♪ Shifting ♪
♪ In the garden, humming ♪
♪ And the roots are tangling ♪
♪ Our hearts have butterflies ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get tired ♪
♪ Come up here, and you'll see ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Finally learned to fly ♪
♪ Forever on my mind ♪
♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get tired ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get -- ♪
♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ I finally learned to fly ♪
♪ Forever on my -- ♪
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Just passed 1,100 meters.
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♪ Sipping ♪
♪ In the evening, blooming ♪
♪ Slipping into currents ♪
♪ Why carry on our courage ♪
♪ Tripping ♪
♪ All the nights we've fallen ♪
♪ The ink we write our lives with ♪
♪ Like moths to the light ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get tired ♪
♪ Come up here, and you'll see ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Finally learned to fly ♪
Ugh, (mumbles) turn 99.
Woo!
♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ I'm seven miles high ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get tired ♪
♪ Up here, I don't get -- ♪
♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ I finally learned to fly ♪
♪ Forever on my mind because lovers never -- ♪
100!
Check this out: hot soup.
(laughs)
Look at that!
Perfect for a cold day at the top of the mountain.
(pop tab clicks)
Mmm, beef and onion, delicious.
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(sighs)
Beautiful!
All these hawks.
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(waves crash)
(waves crash)
(wind blows)
(wind blows)
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Ugh, gotta check out the view before we go down.
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I like this new way back.
Bit less climbing on the way home.
Both the valley and back of Mount Akagi.
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Woo, another fantastic ride up Mount Akagi!
Crazy to believe I was just up there two... two hours ago.
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Cycling Mt Akagi - The Red Fortress Mountain | Rindo Ep 5 Best Climbs of Japan

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Takaaki Inoue published on May 18, 2020
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