42km of Route 265 was more than enough for me. It went up a lot, down a lot and then repeated it in the afternoon. I saw two snakes, I think the second was dead, and hardly spoke to anyone. The road was very quiet, maybe a dozen cars all day. The highlight came right at the beginning as I left the settlement around the park I camped in. A wizened old man hobbled over and told me a great many things that I didn’t understand. There was something about Kyushu, Shikoku, Koya-san and a car, but not neccessarily all at the same time. He even said at one point “your friend” so maybe he saw Chris as he passed through a few days ago. He then gave me 1000¥ and left. Nice guy but I had no idea what he was on about. I did get a little on tape so maybe someday I’ll look back and understand it.
Tonight I am in someone’s yard, very gravelly and hard to put tent pegs in so I’m on a slope. Last night was cold again and there was so much condensation in here my towel was soaked twice drying it this morning. I’m going to experiment with leaving the door open to help air flow.
Word of the day: niwa = garden
Distance today: 45 km