DAY 19 愛媛/伊予 菩提的道場 -7- Ehime Prefecture
Mr Nakagawa left his belongings in Ryokan Komatsu and went to climb the Mt Yokomine in early morning, and reunited in Iyo-Saijo Station (伊予西条驛) afternoon. Iyo-Saijo Station is a main station in that area, so I also had to take bus in there for transfer to Yokomine-ji (#60 橫峰寺).
I departed for Iyo-Saijo Station after 7 O'clock, would see Maegami-ji (#64 前神寺) soon via Route 11, some part of this temple was still rebuilding when I saw around their temple. In my opinion, I think Maegami-ji (#64) gave me the most beautiful writing in my 88 temples pilgrimage~~
When I arrived at the Iyo-Saijo Station, just locked my bicycle in the parking lot nearby first. I only brought my backpack waked toward the station. Asked the station staff how to take bus to Yokomine-ji (#60) by writing Chinese word. There was no many buses in schedule, just once within one hour even 2 hours.... Much time I had to wait! So I just sat in the Lawson and drank green tea for killing time... Maybe Mr Nakagawa already reached the Yokomine-ji (#60) in the same moment~!?
I was a little worried about transfer to shuttle bus, the bus was so few, and I was afraid that I could not understand the driver's words when he mentioned of assembly time. Actually, my anxiety was unnecessary at all! Because I saw three ohenro san wanna take bus to Yokomine-ji (#60), everything would be fine just followed them! And they were willing to bring me to the temple as well, so ... Woow! Lucky~!
Mrs Oka admired me when she knew I did cycling henro so far~ And gave me some candy as my gift, so we exchanging our nameslips in the bus, then I knew three of them are from Osaka (大阪), this action is very popular in Ohenro World.
The price of shuttle bus in return was ￥1750, the cost of laziness was pretty high~ However, Yokonine-ji (#60 橫峰寺) is located the mountain in H 740 m, it sounds not really tall, but I could see the fog and cloudy in here already. The temperature was pretty different from the ground, a little cold, it was ever one of the most difficult temple in the past.
The shuttle driver only waited for us half hour in Yokonine-ji (#60) parking lot, this half hour included the time we needed to walk 5 minutes for arrival the temple one way. The cost of laziness was pretty rush~
Thanks for Mrs. Oka and her friends, we said good bye to each other in shuttle bus parking lot due to different destinations (they would like to take Yokonine Ropeway in Mt Yokonine.) it was good memory to see them, even the time is so short, but this is Ohenro!
Mr Nakagawa back the Iyo-Saijo Station was earlier than me, he looked tired, but I knew actually Mr. Nakagawa was a youth sometimes. Also it was time for us to contact with our staying tonight. According to the cheap lodging list, we decided to stay a Zenkoyado in Niihama City (新居濱市), the Zenkoyado was called Hagyu-an (荻生庵), a closed Tatami shop nearby a Elementary School. I didn't have a chance to express my gratitude to the owner. She is an old lady like eighty years old, only told Mr Nakagawa we can stay her place for free by telephone, that is it.
This Zenkoyado area looked like a garage before. The lights here was not bright, the bed was very stiff, the bedquilt she offered was too heavy in this season. And because our bed room is just next to the road, so we can hear the noise of vehicle very clear. However, I still regarded Hagyu-an as quite good Zenkoyado, the reason it is not only here is free, but here provided a perfect shelter for us! (Close to Fami-Mart, important news!)
Glad to know another walking pilgrim in Hagyu-an, Mr Tsuyoshi Fukunaga (福永剛). Here was no bathroom, it is always a nightmare for Japanese if they can't take a bath everyday, so he borrowed my bicycle to seek for Onsen with Mr Nakagawa nearby here. Mr Fukunaga can speak English and some Mandarin Chinese, also been to Taiwan few times, but he never heard of my hometown Penghu~ We did some contact by Email after I finished Ohenro in August. He mentioned he would love to finish final walk in the later of September in his mail, I thought he shall all done successfully.