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It started suddenly, the bus left me at side of motorway, when the sun was about coming up.
It reminded me of my very first motorcycle trip to Hokkaido, I drove to the port Ooarai in Ibaraki at night in pouring rain. After the long ferry ride in tiny cabin, suddenly I was at different scale of landscape, dry cool continental climate. This time was also rain when I left Tokyo at midnight, then suddenly, it feels like almost time travel for couple of decades. In fact, some places seem like hundreds of years back.
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10.03.2016
1-8 25km
阿波ビジネスホテル

I have lost an hour and half at the very first Settaijyo, before the first temple. The old guy invited me, as he was almost awaiting for very long time.
He was kindly talking and telling me what and how to do. The way it should be done, Japanese way. However there are no Japanese way. Every individuals has its own way, so my way is the only way.
This was my first lesson. Other people’s kindness could cause the problems, therefore I must carefully and quickly decide if I listen or not.

_DSC0989 Average people (who lives in busy city and walk decent speed) could go up to the 10th temple on the first day, once you start the first temple at 7 am.
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The Second lesson, the importance of time.
I regret the loss of the first one hour and half, yet it was very good lessons at the beginning. I could manage only to the 8th temple therefore I had to find an accommodation somewhere closer to the 9th temple.
March in Shikoku, it still gets cold in the evening. Even the tiny bath was relief to exhausted body, after long bus ride, and the very first day of over 25km of walk.

突然、高速脇で日の出とともに始まった。
初めての北海道へのバイク一人旅を思い出す。土砂降りの夜、大洗港へ向かい、狭い船室から解放されると大陸的な広大な空間と、涼しく乾いた気候。
東京を深夜にバスで出た今回も雨、到着してみると数十年前に時を遡ったような、またいくつかのところでは数百年前、日本昔話のようでもある。

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一番目の寺の前の接待所で一時間半を失う。待っていましたと言ったように接待所の親父は私を招き入れ、遍路の道順、作法を語る。
これがしきたり、日本式、マイウェイは良くないなど。彼は歩いたことがあるのだろうか?それぞれ一人一人、理由も思いも体力も違う、日本式など存在しない、結局自分自身 My Way 以外はありえないだろう。
最初の教訓、人からの親切も、注意深くかつ素早く摂るか否か決めて前に進まなくてはならない。
一般的に国際的な忙しい街に住み、それなりの速度で歩く人ならば朝七時に一番目を出発すれば十番目の寺までいけるだろう。
納経時間は午前7時から午後5時。
二番目の教訓、時間の大切さ。
最初の一時間半の紛失を非常に後悔したが、出だしでのとても良い勉強とも言える。長距離となると歩行速度を変えるのは非常に困難。
八番目までしか行けなかったので、九番から遠くない宿に泊まる。
三月の四国、夜はまだ冷える、小さな風呂でも疲れた体にとてもいい。

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