Started the ride just outside of Tokyo to avoid the cars. Take the Keio Train line from Shinjuku to Chofu, change for Hashimoto. You can take your bicycle in the train if it is inside a bike bag.
Start: Hashimoto station on the Keio Line, west of Tokyo
Distance: 62.4 km
Elevation gain: 2,285m
Road Type: On Road, often quiet streets in the mountains, motorbike clubs drive on these roads too, careful off the occasional truck.
Sights: Too many. Mountains, river ways, forests, the lake
Tips: Don't need to carry spare water as there are plenty of vending machines along the way
Food: Plenty of stops including a rest stop with udon and a tofu shop. There are restaurants and a massive rest stop in the hills. Best cafe was one nestled near the last climb serving soba and kaki with a bike rack out the front.
Accommodation: Cabin in the forest
The M4 Cycleway is surprisingly very well signposted, even with the detours the diversions signs were everywhere. The best part of this ride is the destination. Cabramatta, home of the best Vietnamese food.
Route: Glebe - Zetland - Sydney City - Lilyfield - Haberfield - Olympic Park - Auburn - Harris Park - Wentworthville - Fairfield - Cabramatta
Path: Mostly Cycleways, separated paths, some bike friendly roads in the city
Hills: Only a few with small gradients
Sights: Buddhist temple near Cabramatta station along the cycle way
Treats: Cabramatta offers the best selection of Vietnamese food, check out this blog for a map. Also because of the strong Buddhist culture there are several vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants as well.
Must try: 3 colour bean drink (Che Ba Mau)