Statistics – April 1, 2019

  • Monday, April 1, 2019, Day 19
  • Temples: None
  • Uwajima City, Japan
  • Weather: 40-45 STRONG WINDS overcast, drizzle, becoming partially sunny
  • Miles 18.7 / Total Miles 340

Based on my observations, most walking o-henros are male and retirement age. Couples of all ages tend to drive automobiles.

This morning I met a retired Japanese o-henro. As he walks he’s praying for the marriage of his two daughters. When I fell into step with him, he remarked I walked fast. What a wonderful reminder I needed to slow down as minor blisters and tender calluses are on my toes.

At dinner, I met an o-henro who is walking Shikoku 88 Temples nine times. I’m such a rookie.

    9th Timer
    Rookie Linda
    Cherry Blossoms

One of Three – April 1, 2019

  • Monday, April 1, 2019, Day 19
  • Temples: None
  • Uwajima City, Japan
  • Weather: 40-45 STRONG WINDS overcast, drizzle, becoming partially sunny
  • Miles 18.7 / Total Miles 340

One of three. You can go over, around, or through. I chose through the tunnel. It’s no surprise with all of the mountains, there are countless tunnels. Each tunnel is named and the distance is given in meters. About every 75 meters is an emergency button in case a panic attack or something far worse occurs.

  1. Tunnel
  2. Emergency Button
  3. On the other side

Recouping – Sunday, March 31, 2019

  • Sunday, March 30, 2019, Day 18
  • Temples #40 Sukumo City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-50 overcast becoming partially sunny
  • Miles 18 / Total Miles 322

Strong headwinds added extra exertion to today’s walk. Arrived at Temple #40 feet weary. Hot tub was followed up with a good rest.

  1. O-Settia Orange
  2. A favorite snack, sugar coated ginger slices.
  3. ~The other half of me

Highway 56 – Sunday, March 31, 2019

  • Sunday, March 30, 2019, Day 18
  • Temples #40
  • Sukumo City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-50 STRONG WINDS overcast becoming sunny.
  • Miles 18 / Total Miles 322

Signage was weak at best after Temple #39. A couple saw me pondering with guide book in hand and pulled off the road to help. They indicated stay left on highway 56. They were recommending the car route whereas I wanted the walking route that avoided highways. An ohenro joined us. He motioned to stay on highway 56 so we did…all 27km with cars zipping at our side and with many long tunnels. Strong headwinds felt as if I was dragging an anchor. Arrived at Temple #40 feet weary; but, pleased to have taken an alternate route successfully.

  1. O-Henro Ishihara S., Japanese, walking Highway 54
  2. O-Henro Ishihara S., Japanese, walking Highway 54
  3. O-Henro Ishihara S., Japanese, walking Highway 54