Daily Archives: September 3, 2013


I ordered some new 3M retro reflective visibility tape from Rakuten the other day, and it arrived today, just in time for my trip.

As I’m sure you can tell, I have only added the tape to one side of the top box at this point. The tape really makes a huge difference. It actually looks like there’s a light in one side of the top box now. Now if this would only make me more visible to the deer then I would be all set.

* Update*

I took some of the leftover tape and added it to the end of my handlebars. Now the width of my bike will be clearly visible to oncoming traffic and maybe even to cars coming from behind as well.


Typhoon Toraji

Rain Delay

It looks like the Hokkaido trip is facing a rain delay. It has been hammering down pretty good today, as I think we got almost 5 cm of rain. I was scheduled to ride up to Kanazawa tomorrow, which is an 8 hour ride on the highway, but I would have Tropical Storm Toraji chasing me the whole way.

The forcast for tomorrow is 100% chance of rain with about 4.8 cm of rainfall. It doesn’t look much better at night. As such, it looks like the kids will have to put up with me for at least one more day. (Two, more likely…)

In the meantime, I have my luggage laid out and ready to pack, and a new roll of retro-reflective tape arrived today, so I will be adding some visibility to the bike before I go. The delay will only make the visibility mods easier. Safety first.

If you think I am missing anything, please let me know. ;^)