Day 14: the bus that never came

When I woke up today, I knew I hadn’t slept enough. I paid the price of yesterday’s nigiri-frenzy and not even the breakfast+shower power combo could truly wake me up.

Moreover, the tendon between my right foot and leg had been hurting for a good part of yesterday’s walk.

When the hotel I wanted to book refused my booking because they were already at full capacity, I thought “Well, fuck it!” and called a day off.

Then, out of regret, I changed my mind to a half-day off and decided to walk to the temples #31 and #32 in the afternoon. In order to reach them, you have to climb two hills and I was happy to do it without a heavy bag.

Pilgrims at the 31st temple of the O-henro.

I’m not sure it was the right call, but my body feels better tonight. I’ll take it.

It was also a few days I hadn’t written on my journal. The free morning was a good opportunity to put some words on paper. 

Before that, I spent a considerable amount of time looking at the stories from the Humans of New York Facebook page. From time to time, it’s a good reminder of how happy and “easy” our lives are compared to people who have endured serious pain or difficulties over the past years.

More than 800 Km to the last temple. My Camino begins now, basically.

I reached the temple #32 at the end of the afternoon. To go back to my hotel, I decided to take a bus and checked the route and schedule on Google map. As you might have guessed from the title of today’s post, that bus never came. I was left to wither on a small bench, at the mercy of many mosquitoes.

To preseeve both my mental and physical health, I decided to hitch-hike instead. Best decision of the day. The man who picked me up was very kind and brought me straight where I asked him to.

A statue at the temple #32.

For dinner, I bought some rice and sashimi at the supermarket, which was way cheaper than yesterday’s restaurant. My face in front of the food right now is something like:

Tomorrow I will set an ambitious goal to reach. Every day on this pilgrimage is a test, and that became very clear today.

I undersrood that there are no easy days. There are just days where I don’t risk going completely mad about something.

What will be the cause of such likely madness tomorrow?

Nobody knows, but I’ll accept guesses.

There is, eventually, only one supreme way to find out: to keep on walking.

  • Lieve

    funny Alessio, I also got a lift from temple 32 to my h(e)aven here at Katsurahama beach – instigated by the temple office’s lady as a matter of fact : she recruited an innocent passer-by to take me in his car, my feet just wouldn’t take it anymore

    so, yes let’s make you jealous, after a delicious dinner and ofuro with view on the ocean
    here’s a few photograps – the only
    drawback is that it is cloudy tonight: this beach is a favourite spot for moonwatching
    and of course there’s my limited talent for photography…

    ps : I remember now that these ‘kokumin shuku-sha’ are national accommodation facilities that are mostly situated in national parks – again, the service is excellent.
    the next one is close by temple 36
    have a good day tomorrow!

    oups, images won’t upload, too heav(enl)y?
    I’ll show you some when we meet again…
    for now, you will just have to put your imagination at work

    • Oh nice, I’ll be staying at the same place close to the 36th temple today, though. I hope to get a lot of good food and a good view 🙂

      • Lieve

        super, enjoy!

        did you find a place to stay between 33 an 36?
        everything seems to be full 🙁

        • Yes I’ll have a long day today, trying to reach #36 🙂 and stay at that sort of national hotel thingy…