Friday, 14 March 2014

One week to go........

Received an email from Kaz in Tokyo with the following news:
" Today we had a big earthquake near Matsuyama City, near Temple #52. Scale was about M6.2, several people were injured, but not so disastrous. Because of heavy rain and earthquake, the footpath to Temple #60 would be damaged, but you have one month, so it will be repaired or take a diversion which will be given at #61. The route from #61 is rather safe and less chance to be closed. Route from #59 is likely.
However, geographically the area is very weak with some faulty, so land slip or falling rocks can happen anytime, especially after heavy rain. 
Also please don't underestimate the power of Tsunami and once you felt strong shaking and listen the alert for Tsunami, run as quickly as possible to somewhere high (more than 20M high). Long time ago, tourists for Switzerland did not escape, but went to the coast to watch Tsunami and all were killed."
All very good advice.
Then with all the news about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. I checked my Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tokyo, and it is a Boeing 777 plane. I figure "oh well, if something happens, nothing I can do about it, so might as well not worry about it." The good thing is Air Canada has a good record of safety and proper upkeep of their fleet.

Planning to do a dry-run packing this weekend to see how much my pack I will be carrying everyday will weigh. Then I will see what I will need to remove or can add.

Below is a map with the 88 Temples marked:
Click on picture to see larger view

As well, Wikipedia has a good description of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage:

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