_DSC1006Should I get to the 12th temple as I initially planed, or leave it to next day, I was wavering while walking. Recovering the delay from the first day, I had to get to the 11th temple as early as I could, from there to the 12th temple is the first tough mountain road._DSC1009

9-12 30km

_DSC1013I reached the 11th temple before noon, but I did not have any food with me.
Going to the shop near by was 40 minutes of loss.
Lesson: Do things in advance, not to leave it until last moment.
Decision made. Getting to the 12th temple before 5pm, I did not have anytime to stop.
Around the point, where climbing gradually turns to ridge walk, there is a statue of the Kobodaishi. At the bottom of its feet, water paddle was completely frozen. I was sweating and thirsty. Walking further ahead it started snowing, then almost blizzard. Feeling of time and space are getting vague, I was walking somewhere sky high, up in the mountain forever.

DSC_0273十二番焼山寺まで行くか。初日の遅れを挽回し当初の予定か次の日に回すか、迷いながら平坦な川沿いを歩き続ける、どれだけ早く山の手前の十一番藤井寺にたどり着けるかにかかっていた。 昼前に十一番藤井寺についたものの食べ物を持っていないため、山に入る前に店に行く、往復40分を失う。

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