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Japan cycle tour presentation and post-election discussion

  • December 2 · 7:00 PM
  • My place

I wanted to share my experience of leading a 2-week mixed-mode tour (folding bikes + intercity rail) in Japan this past October. I led a group of six cyclists on a tour that included Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Shiga Prefecture, Kurashiki, and a partial crossing of the Inland Sea on the Shimanami Kaido. 

In countries with well-developed rail networks (Japan probably has one of the best in the world), folding bikes can be an excellent option for travelers who do not want to pedal great distances between destinations while enjoying the freedom of having their own bike when they arrive. This trip certainly proved the concept as far as I am concerned. 

Then there is the country I returned to on October 24 after my Japan trip ended. 

If you'd like to talk about the election results, let's talk. I think many of us are coming to the painful realization that not all communication is created equal. Social media are powerful tools ( is an example), but humans have evolved over eons of time to interact with one another face-to-face. That's the beauty of meeting in the same physical space, in contrast to to virtual space. It's much easier to see things from the other person's point of view when both of you are breathing the same air. And it's much harder to engage in name-calling and abuse when the person with a differing point of view is sitting across the table.

Let's meet.


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  • Jess M.

    Thanks for hosting! It was great to hear about your experiences overseas, and it was very nice to meet the folks there. Hm, now to plot if I should put together a slide show on my Copenhagen to Stockholm ride.

    5 days ago

  • Theresa B.

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I work most nights :/ I hope to hear about it sometime!

    6 days ago

  • Rona

    Alex - very interested in hearing about this - I have another event I;m going to in Amherst that starts at 7:30 - may try to come to the first 30 minutes. Is this the former Roas Coffee?

    December 2

    • Alex K.

      Hi Rona -- We're actually meeting at my house: 83 North Prospect St. Amherst. You're welcome to stay for as long or as short as you like! Alex

      December 2

    • Rona

      Thanks Alex - got this too late and was running late anyway. Will have to see the pics another time

      December 3

  • Joe K.

    Sadly can't make it-- been fighting off a cold all week and it's winning tonight. Don't want to get you all sick! Have a blast, and I'd love to hear about trip and see the pictures!

    December 2

    • Alex K.

      Joe - Sorry you couldn't make it! The meeting was a lot of fun, and it was great to meet new members Jess and Kim. Hope you feel better soon!

      December 2

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