Campsite, river, sun - perfect! What will we eat?
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
64Trip End Jan 18, 2011
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The next morning we took the first cross valley bus and headed north, where we'd seen another campsite on the map. It was another journey through many lovely, but scary winding roads. I wouldn't want to be a bus driver in the Iya valley!
The next campsite was more of a cub scout, or school trip sort of affair. It was built all the way down the slope of the gorge right own to the river, so walking from top to bottom, and then even worse bottom to top, was hard work! There was a choice between pitching the tent on a wooden platform (who would do that? And besides our new tent was the wrong shape to fit) or pitching on the many gravel covered areas where the ground was hard and it was impossible to drive in a peg! I don't know what kind of camping the Japanese do, but it's different from my ideas!
Eventually we settled on the nicest pitch we could, and then set about exploring the really lovely bit of the campsite - the very private and beautiful river! We even had our own little beach!
The next day it was time to deal with the other major problem - where to buy food!! This campsite had no shops or restaurants nearby, and we had very little money anyway. We asked the owner of the campsite and he told us that there was a little post office about twenty minutes walk away, and there was a little shop there too.
Jonny decided to walk to the post office, which was fine, but the shop there was closed. On asking in the post office they told him there was another shop around 2km away, and as it was a nice morning he thought he'd walk that too. It turned out to be around 10km in total, but it actually only took about an hour and a half to walk it, along the side of a scary, but thankfully quiet, road. The shop they were talking about was actually in the next town, and nearly out of the Iya valley!
Jonny arrived back, on the bus this time, with two bags full of shopping - though most of it was dried stuff and pot noodles as the shop was a bit rubbish. He asked if there was a suupaa, but the old lady nearly laughed at him. On the plus side he did buy so much in the shop that the lady there gave him two free gifts!
That night we ate pot noodles, dodged mosquitoes, and played scrabble. Simo also found an unopened jar of Saki, which we enjoyed very much.
Tomorrow we'll be leaving Iya again and heading back around the island.
La mattina dopo abbiamo preso il primo di tre bus che attraversano la valle e ci siamo diretti a nord, dove c'e' un altro campeggio.
Questo campeggio non e' bello come il precedente, sopratutto perche' abbiamo avuto la scelta di piazzare la tenda su di una piattaforma di legno sotto il sole (?) oppure di campeggiare sulla ghiaia...evvai per la seconda opzione!!
Almeno il fiume e' spettacolare :)
Un altro problema, ora che ci siamo finalmente piazzati e' quello che con noi abbiamo pochissimo cibo e domani dobbiamo assolutamente trovare un negozietto!!
Il riassunto dei tre giorni passati nella valle di Iya:
- Simo e' stata attaccata da un mostro che ha deciso di passare la notte nei pantaloni che si e' infilata al mattino!! Ho dunque imparato che i centopiedi mordono!! :P
- Siamo di nuovo ridotti ad una dieta di pane con pomodorini e avocado / tonno.
- Abbiamo ricevuoto un anpan (panino dolce ripieno di marmellata di fagioli azuki) da una simpatica famiglia.
- Simo ha vinto a scarabeo per ben tre volte oggi!!
- Jonny ha ammucchiato delle roccie in riva al fiume per Simo
- Simo trovato una bottiglietta di sake e degli zampironi ^^
- Il negozietto era a 10 chilometri e Jonny se li e' fatti a piedi...per portare a casa un paio di pot noodles!