I was in this area about a month ago ( Dec' 2013 ) on one of my hiking exploits - "Mt Kunimiyama, Tou-no Mori Forest, and The Nanamagari Path" - when, as part of my research for my blog, I discovered there was more to see/experience that I missed. So, as I am an obsessive outdoorholic, I decided the area needed further exploring. On this occasion I decided I would return on two-wheels.
|Yours Truly & Friend, summit Mt Kunimiyama.|
|Concrete Torii & Chozuya.|
Another plus was it had a sheltered area so I could sit, out of the wind, and consume my lunch (my stomach was beginning to resemble the sound of a rock-slide).
It was about now I was becoming concerned with my progress, and what lay ahead, so I decided to move on.
As I was descending the path from the shrine (this too was concrete, but not as steep as the earlier one), I passed several dilapidated houses amongst the bushes. I guess with the isolation and the nearest store several kilometers away, living here would surly test ones stamina.
Soon I was exiting the forest lane and joining a sealed road, the settlement of Yamadacho my next destination. Then, without warning, my left leg decided to pack-up and left me in some pain; about 10-years ago I damaged the Sciatic Nerve in my left leg and, with some physiotherapy, it came right, well about 85% right. It was while I was resting (and praying) I discovered this shed atop the bank nearby. Upon investigation I found an interesting collection of religious icons scattered amongst the trees.
Within a short distance I was in familiar territory, The Nanamagari Path, and, if my calculations were correct, I was on the home stretch and could change into cruise mode. Exiting the 'Path, I arrived at the settlement of Nakahatacho and began to make my way to the track passing by Mt Shiroyama (I was here in mid-November "In Search of Tsubakio-jo Castle"), and the settlement of Minamitsubaocho.
I accomplished everything I set-out to see/do and, once I uploaded my video & images, and G.P.S. recording, I was thrilled-to-bits with my day. As always, it has been a great pleasure in sharing this with you, and I hope you enjoy reading this post. So, until next time - Sayonara.
Full video of this trip - Return to Kunimiyama.
Trip details - Cateye Atlas and Ride with G.P.S.