The seventh day of my walk along the Izumo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage promised to be yet another fine May day.
My route is going to take me southeast into the mountains where there is a mountaintop temple to visit before dropping down the other side into the Hirose valley.
There are no settlements of any size along the route, so no shops, although I have never been down this road before.
Once the road ascends into the higher country the number of farmhouses drops, and there are just isolated farmhouses..... some abandoned.
Some not yet abandoned.
I will be stopping by at all the roadside shrines and altars I pass on the lookout for interesting statues etc.