Original Date : May 1st, 2007
Distance : 147km
When I woke up in the morning the weather was, as the weather forecast had correctly predicted, quite rainy. I decided that I would try and wait it out so I started to pack up the tent and reorganize my bag. At about 8:30 the 88-temple walker left with full rain gear. As I didn’t have raingear I was a bit worried about heading out because of the temperature. Additionally, I didn’t know how waterproof the bicycle bags were. At about 10AM I decided to just give it a shot. It wasn’t too bad at first, but about a third of the way through the rain just got stronger and stronger, I could feel the rain pelting against my back in thuds. Luckily there were almost no cars on the road.
As I approached the southernmost point of Muroto Cape the rain started to let up. After a rest, I started to continue towards Koichi. Along the way the sun finally came out and everything dried up pretty quickly.
Since I started so late, getting to Koichi Castle before it closed was quite a challenge, I had to try pretty hard most of the day to get there in time. I only took one small break in front of a historic clock along the way.
Along the way I saw a nice little shrine that was tucked into the shoreline
I arrived at Koichi Castle just 5 minutes before they stopped letting people in so I was really happy. Even after it closed, I enjoyed the view from the base. From there I rode out of the city about 10km to a nice riverside camp site.