DAY 14 愛媛/伊予 菩提的道場 -2- Ehime Prefecture
This morning we departured earlier than usual, ahead Route 56 then turned to Route 57, then we would approach Mima Town (三間町) after one hour. Ryuko-ji (#41 龍光寺) was located in the hidden fields, people said the reason for building Ryuko-ji (#41) , was local farmers wanna pray for the harvest in the past. Time after time, more and more pilgrims came here was praying for the business moved well in the present. Different from Ryuko-ji (#41), Butsumoku-ji (#42 佛木寺) was an obvious spot to reach in Route 31. Even though these 2 temples were close, they looked like totally different style in their appearances. Ryuko-ji (#41) was canopied by the plants, I prefer Butsumoku-ji (#42 佛木寺) beacuse it is much lighter.
Next destination was Meiseki-ji (#43 明石寺) had 10 KM to go. I didn't think it was a rough challenge, but I found I was gravely mistaken when I saw Hanaga-Toge Pass (齒長峠) . I rode this route with horrible, I felt better until we arrived at the top of pass, still had to overcome some little troubles on the way to Meiseki-ji (#43). Here was a long slope in front of the Temple Main Gate, we decided to walk and I found a big Henro Shop in the middle of hill. The surrounding of Meiseki-ji (#43) was simple and peaceful, I could recovery some of my energy here.
Finally we went ahead Kuma-Kogen (久萬高原), here like a nightmare in my mind, actually I didn't want to visit here by cycling at all, just spoke to myself, kept going towards Ozu City (大洲市) ... Uchiko Town (內子町)..., when we arrived at Uchiko Town was afternoon already. In my opinion, after we passed Roadhouse in Uchiko, entered the part of Uchiko where close to the border of Kuma-Kogen Town was a kind of remote area.
We stayed a Minshuku in Tsukiawase (突合), there was a countryside village in mountains. I didn't think here was many residents, time seemed stopped in the last century. Oda river (小田川) passed beneath the bridge, I could breath the air of old Japan. The Minshuku was so old, and the village was so old as well. Suddenly I felt this Minshuku was the only place for hosting the strangers, probably here came few visitors without this lodge. So this lodge might be the only connection with the outer world in Tsukiawase.
I must thank Mr Nakagawa again here. I didn't know what he talked to the Minshuko Owner, I got ￥1000 discount here as Osetaii. I can't understand owner said some words to me, but I understood he said: "Japan, Taiwan, friendship forever!" I was so frozen at night in Tsukiawase because I replied my warm regards to them already.