2010 04 13 - Hagi day 1
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I had a lot of fun in Sasebo, but today I wanted to reach Hagi. Without using the highway if possible. So I woke up early, cleaned up my tent and had breakfast with the Sasebo family. I was dropped off at the Sasebo-exit and soon got some lifts. The first one was to Imari with a truckdriver. I had to put my legs in my neck but we made it work. The next lift would have been short (to Karatsu) but while the backstreet boys kept singing we kept driving to Fukuoka (Tenjin shopping area). So far everything was going great and Hagi actually looked doable. But then I had to walk around Fukuoka for almost 2 hours trying to find a good hitchhiking spot.
As soon as I found a place to continue hitchhiking an old plumber picked me up and just kept driving and talking all the way to Kurosaki. I learned that the old man worked for a company of 6 as a plumber. His son, age 33, worked for a company of 4 as webdesigner and I was handed his emailaddress on a business card with great proud. If you need webdesign, goto flipworks.jp :). What I didn't find out was why this man kept driving untill he suddenly stopped, said he had to get back, let me out and returned to Fukuoka.
Hagi was still quite far but I was confident that with 3 final lifts I would make it. Not in Japan. A big man stopped in front of me, asked where I wanted to go and dropped me off in Hagi at a park. Then he also drove back to Shimonoseki. A detour of several hours and about 200 km through nowhere.
The park turned out to be a Buddhist training ground. I Did some exercise and ran 10 laps which was very calming and serene. Then I walked to the Hagi Museam, near the Hagi Castle Ruins and put my tent there. Just in time because it began to get cold, and raind, and storm