|What do you think?|
I was up the top of Mt Sanage bright and early. It provided a good view, as most mountains do:
|Nagoya is getting closer|
On my way down the other side I had a chance encounter that changed the plans for my whole day. An elderly couple who were heading in the other direction saw me and stopped for a chat. When they found I had had been camping for the last couple of days, they invited me to stay at their house for the night, even offering to come pick me up wherever I was at the end of the day. It sounded so much better than my tent, so I accepting their offer and agreed to call them when I was finished for the day.
Here are some photos from the day (I altered my course and took roads so I would arrive at Joukouji station, and easy palce for the couple to pick me up):
|House built in the shadow of the expressway|
|Ceramic, human sized, Tanouki (Racoon Dogs), that are very popular in Japanese folklore. These kinds of statues are all over Japan, but I had never seen them this big before|
|The weather was great again|
|The abandoned "natural history museum of Aichi" with some kind of creepy symbol on the gate|
|This was an abandoned factory of some sort built on the side of the Shonai River|
When I got to Jokoji Station, I called the couple and they came and picked me up. They took me to a hot spring, which felt absolutely wonderful after the day of walking. I did get in one bath though that was so hot my skin felt slightly boiled afterwards. We then went back to their house, they set me up in their spare room and cooked me a wonderful dinner of Japanese curry. I had planned to catch a train to Nagoya and take a day off the next day on account of a typhoon heading in our direction, but hadn't made a booking yet. When they found this out they insisted I stay another day, which Ms Inochi said would give me a chance to get some laundry done. I graciously accepted their offer. So I'm sitting here a little stunned by their kindness, taking me, a stranger, into their home, feeding me, letting me stay and asking for nothing in return. Such wonderful people.
|Thank you very much|