|at a shrine in the woods|
|a "submersible" bridge - as useful as a chocolate fireguard?|
|home for two nights|
|pilgrim or dental hygienist?|
As the next day looks very grey we decide to return to Shimanto City. We are expecting rain again in the night so we scout around for somewhere suitable to camp. In the end we do a large circuit of the river and even pass by our shelter from Thursday and Friday night. It would be perfect but......we're not sure if we can stay there again without irritating the locals. Who knows in Japan? Everyone is so polite here but word is, they dont really mean it. But how would we know and do we care? Instead we pitch on a dyke next to a large arbor that provides some shelter from the strong winds. It starts raining at about 6 in the evening and carries on until the morning. It's not carnage, but it's close. Our tent does brilliantly to keep out the wind and the rain but the ground is sodden and the surface water builds up until it starts seeping through the floor of the tent. We are quite amazed as we start to dry everything out how well we came off this night.
|twig insect on the drying line|
|the end of this particular road|
|man does technical stuff while woman breaks her back|