- Wednesday 30 Oct, 2013
- Weather: Sunny, 23⁰C
- Temples: 41, 42, 43, (Ryukoji, Butsumokuji, Meisekiji), 52km
- Accommodation: Toyogahashi Bangai Temple #8, Ozu City, ‘Tsuyado’ (free accommodation)
I left just after 5am knowing I had a very long day ahead of me because I was hoping to make it to Ozu City to stay in the free accommodation at one of the 20 ‘unofficial’ temples on the Shikoku route – if you visit all of these as well then there are 108 temples, rather than the ‘official’ 88 temples.
I walked as fast as my legs and feet could. Actually my legs aren’t the problem, it’s always the feet that complain first!
Leaving Uwajima I was walking along route 56 (I know this road now very very well!) until Temple 41, a lovely small, modest Temple. The path from here to Temple 42 took me the ‘direct’ way – up and over a mountain rather than around it! Within minutes of starting the forest path I very nearly stood on a snake, its tail was on the path and was camouflaged with the leaves. I got quite the shock as I went to put my foot down but noticed its stripes. I assumed it must’ve been dead because with my limited knowledge of snakes I know that:
A) They don’t like cold weather
B) Shouldn’t it be hibernating now?
C) I didn’t think they liked to be stepped on, so why didn’t it slither out of the way?!