JAPAN DAY 26
Temple 38 20km
Total kms walked in Japan 563
Accumulative total kms walked 2273
Today was a fun day, a very pretty walk through the forrest with glimpses of the coast all day. It did however drizzle , but the mood was happy and we were all enjoying the walk. It’s amazing what a different mindset can do.
Today we found a gem....coming out of one of the forrest tracks we stumbled upon a sign that said “Leafy Coffee Shop”. We couldn’t believe it Elvira and I both were hanging for a coffee, so we went to investigate. OMG we were greeted by something out of a dolls house. There in the middle of nowhere set up in someone garage was “Leafy Coffee Shop” (Check out the photos below.). The Spunky Rooster has the theory that the lady of the house asked her husband to buy her a coffee shop and so he made her one. It was so kitch .
The walk to temple 38 (Konogofukuji) was a total of 66km km and its was worth it the grounds were lovely with a large pond, it’s funny what a calming affect a water feature can have on your soul. The rain today was so peaceful, soft constant silent. I love water in all forms, it’s one of the reasons I enjoyed the Hollyford Track in New Zealand so much...we were never very far from some kind of water, whether it was a creek,, waterfalls or rivers. One of my best memories is walking along the beach at Victor Harbour when there was a storm brewing waves crashing onto the beach. It’s strange but the force and the fury of the water always made me feel alive and peaceful.... A bit of a contradiction but thats how I felt.
HIGHLIGHT: The temple it was everything you would expect from a grand old temple. Oh, and Leafy Coffee Shop I will always remember this place with a smile.
LOWLIGHT:Nil today it was a quietly great day
Grateful today for Leafy Coffee Shop, it warmed my body with coffee and my heart with joy. Grateful for all my great equipment from my great sleeping mat down to my wet weather gear it is all working well and keeping me a happy little hiker. And with that being said I have to thank The Spunky Rooster for all his research into gear, so we have the best available.
Lao Tzu is quoted as saying “ A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”. Mahat Ghandi “Ask the question “How do you eat a chocolate elephant? One bite at a time” What are both these amazing men saying? I believe that they are telling us EVERYTHING is possible, you just have to break it down into bits that don’t overwhelm you. I am not a long distance walker, I have feet that blister, I have ankles that hurt and a bladder that needs to pee every hour. Not traits to make a great walker however I have walked over 4000km. How do I do it? I break it down, into distances I feel comfortable with. Sometimes that is 1km, depending on my mood. I have conversations in my head telling myself that I can do 1km, when I get there I give myself a pat on the back and say ok you can do that again, repeat again and again and suddenly your 25km down the trail. If you have seen the movie Hacksaw Ridge, the main character Desmond Doss rescues 75 soldiers by asking god to give him the strength to rescue just one more. Great things aren’t accomplished by 1 big effort at one time, great things are accomplished by small consistent effort. Today what task, thought, action can you take towards a living your life on your terms? Do it, then do it again tommorow and the next day and the day after that. In a month, stop and breath and see how far you have come.
HACKSAW RIDGE treat yourself and get this movie is the the true story of Desmond Doss a pacifist combat medic who won the medal of honour for efforts in the battle of Okinawa on April the 1st 1942.