Saturday, February 25, 2012

A day in tunnels


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It is impossible to walk the Shikoku Pilgrimage without walking through a variety of tunnels.

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I haven't sat down and calculated how many kilometers of tunnel you walk through, but it must be at least 20k and more probably double that, and in walking that is more than a day of distance.

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It is possible to avoid some tunnels by taking a path up and over the mountain, but if you are carrying 20 kilos and/or the weather is bad then the tunnels makes sense....

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Some of the tunnels are new, well lit, and with a decent sidewalk.

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Some are old, dark, and narrow with just a painbted line separating you from the roaring traffic.

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There are also quite a few traffic-free tunnels for pedestrians and cyclists.

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7 comments:

  1. Tunnels were definitely a respite from the rain. But I always put on my iPod against the roar of traffic rushing by.

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  2. Very impressive, I suppose you did not do this in one day.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. more than a day in total time spread over 46 days :)

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  3. Hi Ojisanjake, I am finding your posts on Shikoku topical as I am currently reading Haruki Murakami's novel "Kafka on the Shore", which is partly set in Shikoku. Having not been there personally, I am enjoying seeing your wonderful images of different aspects of the area.

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  4. I dreaded the tunnels on my shikoku mairi... I was always so thankful when there was a sidewalk. Still... the fumes.

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  5. Very interesting!
    Tank You for all information about Japanese tunnels

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