My Bike Ride

Yesterday, October 2nd, I rode my bike in the nice countryside near my house. I don’t often go cycling, but I always have a good time when I ride my bike. I was able to enjoy the beautiful Creation that God has made for us. As I rode, I passed many pretty flowers, rice fields, and a river, and I saw quite a few dragonflies and other bugs. Nothing in particular happened, except for a dragonfly hitting my left shoulder. But on a different trip, on September 27th, I was just starting to go through a small tunnel, when right in front of me passed a pale green snake with one or two yellow stripes. I had to squeeze the brakes abruptly, and the snake just slithered past me without even saying a word of apology. Well, I guess things like that make the bike trips even better.

J.S.

Countryside                                            (The Japanese countryside near my house)

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12 thoughts on “My Bike Ride

  1. I really enjoy going on bike rides! Lately I’ve going on really long ones on Saturday mornings, my record was last month, at 48 miles! I left at 3:30 in the morning, and the sun didn’t rise for close to 2 hours. I usually go through the country, and it is really awesome, the things that I see: Porcupines, hawks, eagles, rats, squirrels, deer, elk ( crossing the rode, 100 feet in front of me), beautiful sunrises, etc… It’s amazing the things you see in the early morning, when no cars are around.
    I don’t think I’ve ever see a snake on my bike rides, (live ones, that is). Are your snakes over in Japan poisonous?

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    1. WOW!! 3:30 in the morning? That’s really early! I really enjoyed reading your comment, Elijah. The farthest distance I’ve gone on my bike was only about 15 miles (24 kilometers). Keep up the good cycling work!
      Here in Japan, there are both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. We have this poisonous snake called the Mamushi, a deadly pit viper (a.k.a. Japanese pit viper). It is the most common snake in Japan. We’ve seen only a few in the neighborhood, but thankfully we’ve never been bitten. This snake and the Okinawan Habu, another pit viper, are the most venomous snakes in Japan.
      What kind of snakes do you have around?

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      1. 15 miles is pretty long!
        Our snakes are nothing to talk about where we live, come to think of it, since we moved to Idaho 2 years ago I don’t think I’ve seen any live snakes, a few dead ones, but no live ones. Where we used to live in Washington there were snakes everywhere in the summer; my siblings and I once filled a bucket with snakes , not poisonous ones, and the next day it rained, drowning all of them. We probably had close to fifty snakes in that bucket.
        Is the venom of the Mamushi deadly?

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        1. 48 miles is a VERY long distance, and I don’t think I can last that long on my bike…
          And wow! Much bravery is required to handle these snakes! (I’ve never held a snake before.)
          Yes, the venom of the reproachable Mamushi is pretty deadly, but probably not as much as the cobra or the black mamba. Every year, about 2,000 to 3,000 people in Japan are bitten by a Mamushi. Severe bites need intensive care, and approximately 10 victims die annually. (Thank you, Wikipedia)
          Would I like some Mamushi sushi?… No, thanks, I think I’ll pass…

          P.S. There’s no such thing as Mamushi sushi. 🙂

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        2. Well, last year I couldn’t have lasted that long either, but since February I’ve been going on a bike ride every Saturday morning. I started at 3/4 of a mile, and slowly conditioned myself to handle more. It took a long time to work up to 48.
          As for the snakes, they weren’t poisonous like the ones that you have in Japan, they were just old Gardiner snakes, meaning harmless to the extreme.
          Mmmm… Mamushi sushi! That sounds… interesting…
          I’m the one in my family that likes to try out the interesting/odd concoctions of food, but there has to be a limit somewhere. Right?

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    1. I don’t know for certain what kind of snake it was, but maybe it was a Shimahebi
      (Japanese striped snake) or a Hibakari (Japanese keelback), both of which are non-poisonous.
      I think I’m going to call the snake that I saw Ysbott for now. 🙂

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