JAPAN DAY 33
Temples 42 & 43 37kms
Total kms walked in Japan 730
Accumulative total kms walked 2443
Today David and I did something we don’t usually do, we set of with no real destination in mind. Usually we work out where we think we can walk to , then look around for where we can stay. This has worked well most of the time. However today we got a bonus from our Henro host....he drove us back to the trail, (we had come of trail to get to the Henro house). That meant that our kilometres for the day was reduced by about 5km. So we decided to push past where we had intended to stay, but didnt know where we would stop. At lunch we discussed some options and decided that the best option was probably a campground on the outskirts of Ozo City around the 30km mark was our best choice. So thats where we headed for, by the time we got to the spot it was bout 4.30 and due to the hot and very humid wheather we were both pretty shattered , well we followed the map to exactly where the camping ground was suppose to be but there stood a row of shops....no campground(**See side note)*. So after much discussion and consultation of the map it was decided that the only Free option was to head for the aDaishido on the other side of Ozu City another 6km on., the other option was to check into a hotel. However after walking so far to secure free accomodation I did not want to throw away the effort and blow the budget on a hotel.I was running on empty but to buckle and pay for accomodation would have been harder to swallow. On the map the Daishido was right across the road from a McDonalds so we set of in search of the Golden Arches, by this time its dark and after 5, so even if we found the Daishido we may not be able to get in.( the temples close at 5).As we walked along the main road I was looking at the options were we could spend the night there was Joyful restaurant opened until 2am, family mart open 24 hours, just as I was contemplating spending the night at the 7/11 there looming about 500m was the Golden Arches. I have never been so happy to see that big yellow sign. We went in and David told me to sit down and he would ask where the Daishido was and go and see if we can stay. The girl behind the counter took David outside to give direction, outside they met up with the girls brother who said he would take David to the Daishido and proceeded to walk David to the Daishido about 200m meters further on. When saying goodbye and thank youth the young man , he handed David 500 yen and said buy yourself a drink. So tonight we are sleeping in the Daishido comfortable and content after a Macca’s burger and chips.
Today we prayed for remembrance and responsibility because we left our staff at the Henro house
Side note: When we first started walking with Elvira we notice she had a different guide book than us, after closer inspection we realised that hers was a 2017 version, ours a 2015. David had purchased ours when we first started planning the pilgrimage and we didn’t even think about updating it. Thus the camp site no longer there.