「22日目」Day 22

「22日目」Day 22

The last day!
I felt amazing this morning when I woke up, and even happier after I moved the curtains to the side and saw that it wasn’t raining as promised.
When we got ready though, the room started rocking a bit. Earthquake! I didn’t feel one in a long time. Switching on the TV showed that it was in Kiso, where we had been a week ago. (Nothing really major though, just daily business.)

最後の一日!起きてから元気いっぱい。そして窓から外みたら雨も降ってなくて、もっと嬉しくなった。
準備中に久々の揺れ。地震だ!テレビをみたら、先週にいた木曽町は震源地に5−は激しい。皆さんは無事だといいね。

From our start point in Seta we walked through residential areas mainly. After a while light rain started – which basically determined the day: it was cloudy with showers on and off. An umbrella did the job though.


We crossed a bridge at the exit of Lake Biwa and were waiting for a traffic light, when a pigeon pooped full force down on me. I jumped back but got hit on my thumb and shoulder. We had quite a laugh. Good that I bought this old kimono with flaws extra for the trip.

瀬田からは殆ど住宅街を通りました。午前中は少し雨が降ってきて、今日は基本的に雨を軽く振ったり止んだりした天気でした。

琵琶湖につながっている瀬田川を越えてから、信号待ちに鳩にフンされました!ビックリしてすぐによけたけど、もう手と着物の袖に当たってしまった(笑)
本物に笑いました。古い訳ありの着物で良かったなーw (⌒-⌒; )




10 km outside of Kyoto we noticed an old place which had a handwritten note of Soba noodles being available for lunch so we had a look inside.
Turned out to be an amazing house with a 400 year old Japanese garden as the old man told us. The small waterfall is spring water, that’s why the pond was crystal clear. We had our lunch while viewing this magical scenery.

京都の10km殆ど前、素敵な建物のサインは気になって入ってみました。手打ちそばのランチ。
そしてとても美しい庭が!なんと400年前と言われ。池に流れ込んでいるのは湧き水。その景色を楽しみながらランチした。偶然に見つけてラッキーや。




Afterwards we basically walked straight through towards the goal with occasional raindrops.

We reached our goal, the Sanjo Ōhashi Bridge in Kyoto at 14:21 in the afternoon. I was so moved that I couldn’t hold back my tears… I couldn’t believe it’s over.
22 days of walking – but looking back it feels so unreal. Like if I just left home 3 days ago.

終点、京都の三条大橋には2時21分に到着しました。橋に立った瞬間にとても感動し、涙がポロポロと…
22日間の旅。ここで一気に終わってしまうのも想像できなかった。あっという間に感じた旅。


It was a nice journey with ups and downs like life itself.
The first five days were the hardest due to my body not being used to excessive walking and the new sneakers gave me so many blisters… But I learned how to handle and prevent, then we got scared by the hotel folks with their horror stories about the blood sucking worms which made us sprint through the hardest mountain on our route and probably damaged my Achilles and other tendons in my feet, slightly sabotaging our trip.
A little rest and medication helped me finish this trip though!!
Giving up was not an option for me and I’m glad all worked out.

人生と同じく、楽しい時と辛い時もありました。やはり、最初の5日間くらいは一番大変でしたね。体は激しい運動になれなくて、新しいスニーカーで豆はありすぎて。。
でも少しづつ色々勉強になり、体も強くなってきた。人間って不思議な生き物ですね。(笑)
ただ、民宿の怖い話を信じてから休まずに碓氷峠を登ってからアキレス腱などにダメージを受けのはバカらしかった。
諦めるのは絶対に嫌な私には辛かったけど、薬と休みで旅を無事に終わりました。
天気は信じられないくらいに良かったので本当にありがたいでした。梅雨にほぼ毎日の晴れ天気のは植物に可哀想と思って、でも私達に良かったでした。

Also I’d like to thank the guy up there for protecting us along the journey, that we didn’t get eaten by bears and also for the almost ever sunny sunny weather- which was unreal in the rainy season!! Such a blessing!

Finally I’d like to thank you all for your encouragement along the way and all the people who followed our adventure here and across social media! You rock.

皆さんの応援やこちらとSNSでのコメントありがとうございました。とても嬉しかったです。
これから前の日記にも、新しい記事にももっとインフォを残したいと思います。

(I will add more info/pictures to my blog posts once I’m home in July and also write up a list of Tipps and how-to’s after this post.)

Walked distance:
20.7 km
Seta to Sanjo-Ōhashi (Kyoto)

歩いた距離:
20.7 km
瀬田から京都の三条大橋まで

Money spent:
Breakfast: 410¥
Train: 380¥
Lunch: 3100¥
= 3890¥
(Not counting after the official trip ending)

Today’s thoughts:
Good: Overwhelmed with happiness.
Bad: Feeling weird/scared of going back to my previous lifestyle.

Keep in touch,
じゃまた
Anji

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Comments (7)

  • Ana Reply

    I have enjoyed your journey so much. Thank you for sharing it with us. You had your ups and downs…but you made it!!! Congratulations guys!!!

    June 25, 2017 at 11:42 PM
  • Elisa Reply

    Yippee! You did it. I am so happy for the two of you. You should be proud of this accomplishment.

    I hope you keep up with the distance walking. Maybe try the Kumano Kodo.

    Thank you for keeping a daily log and sharing regularly. I enjoyed following along. You also have me thinking more seriously about how I can move to Japan sooner rather than later.

    June 26, 2017 at 12:43 AM
    • Anji SALZ Reply

      Thanks so much for the support and reading all along!!
      Yeah I should keep in shape somehow! Haha 🙂

      Japan is best when traveling though Hehe 😉

      June 26, 2017 at 11:47 PM
  • Romination Reply

    COngrats 😀

    June 26, 2017 at 12:45 AM
    • Anji SALZ Reply

      Thanks so much!

      June 26, 2017 at 11:47 PM
  • zoomingjapan Reply

    Ich sag es gern nochmal, ich bin sehr stolz auf euch. ^____^
    Das muss eine absolut geniale Erfahrung gewesen sein und darum beneide ich euch.
    Ich glaube dir gern, dass du Angst hast, wieder ins Alltagsleben einzusteigen aber das wird schon. :3333

    22 Tage ist echt lang! O_O;

    よくがんばったね!♪
    お疲れさん。(*^^*)

    June 27, 2017 at 2:03 AM
    • Anji SALZ Reply

      Vielen lieben Dank fuer deine Unterstützung und das anfeuern auf unserer Reise!!
      Es war schon wirklich ein bisschen irre aber auch irgendwie im Rückblick nicht so dolle oder “krass” wie ich es mir vorgestellt hatte? Ich dachte dass wäre voll das Ding, aber irgendwie kann ich Rückblickend nur mit den Achseln zucken, denn im Grunde bin ich ja einfach nur lange zu Fuss gelaufen ^^

      Mein erster Tag heute war sehr produktiv aber schon komisch wieder am Laptop zu arbeiten und Sendungen zu packen haha.

      June 30, 2017 at 10:24 PM

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