Defying the adversity of tsuyu I decided to conquer my laziness and embarked on a classical TCC Okutama-ko tour today, testing the new Panasonic bicycle. Tomin-no-mori a la TCC. I left Koto-ku quite late, at 12.35pm due to work and opted for Route 20 and Tamagawa. Saturday traffic was heavy along Koshou kaido, but also on the Tamagawa bicycle road. Around 3pm, shortly before reaching Haijima I spotted a familiar orange jersey closely followed by a Union Jack cranking by! Philip and Christoph who had been in the mountains of Ome and Chichibu! How small the cycling world is. After a short chat, Philip and Christoph continued down the Tamagawa, I resumed my ride towards Itsukaichi and Akikawa. As soon as I reached the former it started to pour! Reminded me of our last unofficial tour. Due to the rain and the dense fog (visibility sometimes down to 20metres and less) I was unable to break any records. It was raining cats and dogs, and it was freezing cold. Anyhow Philip, taking two beer breaks I managed to arrive in Nerima at 8.45pm - despite the rain and the heavy traffic on Ome kaido. It was good to see you two today, I hope you got home safely. Christoph, looking forward to riding with you next Saturday! Stats: Distance 184,38km Av 27,8 Mx 53,6 Tm 6:37'02 Never has my bike and its rider been as dirty and wet as today!!