At 8:30am (just in time!) it stopped raining and we were heading out for a wonderful day! We experienced the first tiny, narrow and extremely twisty mountain roads, rode through backcountry villages with neatly trimmed trees in each garden, had our last western lunch in the American style “Rider’z Café” and went for a mountain road to the most sacred buddhist pilgrimage destination of Japan: Koyasan!
My own karma today obviously wasn’t very good, because I had a puncture… But I caught up with the group and we visited this sacred place together with Japan’s oldest and biggest cemetery. A wonderful road brought us down to sea level again; we rode beautiful roads lined with blooming cherry trees until we arrived in our hotel in Wakayama – right at the beach front. Not a single drop of rain, great roads, amazing culture and another wonderful dinner!
Tomorrow we’ll head for the ferry to the island of Shikoku – destination Kochi (where the supposedly the strongest women of Japan live, at least the best sake drinkers!