2010 04 10 - Miyajima day 4

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Letting everything dry required chasing the hungry deer away for an hour

I woke up the next morning because of a strange noise. It turned out a deer was nibbling on my tent. It really turned out to be a good thing I had kept everything in the tent all night. The weather was completely opposite from the evening before. I really felt like I was rewarded for all the effort I had put into the last night. The sun was already quite high and the grass was dry. I took everything out of the tent and spread it across the field to dry which it all did remarkably fast. I did have trouble enjoying my breakfast because I also had to keep the deer from eating all my clothes and food. So I spent breakfast while running around chasing away hungry deer.

After an hour I packed everything, walked back to the ferry, said goodbye to everyone at the hostel and started walking out of Miyajima, towards the highway.

When the deer aren't trying to eat your things you can really see why I loved beautiful Miyajima
After 30 minutes I had lunch and did some stretching. Apparently that caught the eye of an old mother and her two daughters who turned their car around twice and asked me if I was hitchhiking. I wasn't really, yet, but I decided to take all the help I would get offered and together we first drove to Iwakuni where I saw the 5 bridges (Kintaik Yo) and then to Yanai. I got two more lifts to Tokuyama and Yamaguchi and then when it was starting to get dark a father/mother/son family picked me up and drove me to Hofu station.

I wasn't planning on spending money on the train but that wasn't their plan either. They were only there to pickup their daughter and afterwards they suddenly decided to go visit some family in Shimonoseki, some 80 kilometers further and exactly on the route I wanted to take. Eventually they dropped me of in Shimonoseki's twintown Moji that was located on the other side of the Kanmon bridge. We stopped at Mekari park and they drove off. I strongely suspect they just drove back the 80 kilometers and didn't have any family in this area at all. But they enjoyed being around a foreigner, practising their English and teaching me many useful words in Japanese. Yes, this was the way I would be travelling from now on.

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