It turns out I didn’t need a zero day to get my head straight, I needed a sunny day without my pack to walk the volcanic lands of the Aso caldera. And that’s just what I got. After a lengthy description of the area, every crater and trail as seen from several angles, I got moving up the mountain and found myself enjoying walking once again. Meeting the road at the top I went first to the active Nakadake crater where the barriers were up and the crowds not allowed too close because of the noxious fumes.
Then I followed the hostel’s recommendation and went to Kijimadake and as promised the views were breathtaking. Up there I could really visualize the whole caldera. The outer rim all around and the volcanoes in the middle. Some lucky people were getting a slightly better view in the Lear jet doing circuits above but down on the ground I was having a pretty great day.
I’m in a much better frame of mind today, I mostly shut off the monologue and I’ve planned three easy (ish) days to Beppu.
No sign of Chris yet but he’s heading in the same direction so there is every chance we’ll meet on the road. I’m relaxed and happy and since the only English thing on TV is Bridget Jones’ Diary I’m going to bed.
Word of the day: yama = mountain
Distance today: 26 km