Another perfect early morning to set off through the quiet streets of Kochi and into the countryside again, through forest and past a Botanical Gardens to Temple 31 Chikurinji (Bamboo Forest Temple) where a man handed us his gold name card, which meant that he had done the pilgrimage between 50 and 99 times.
The shady grounds were covered with a bright green moss. We were given a sweet by another walking henro and were on our way.
There was a bit of panic when I looked back and Jeff was nowhere to be seen. I had turned down some steps while he had walked straight on with his head down. We eventually found each other.
Following a free ferry ride across Uradowan Bay, short walk took us to Temple 33 Sekkeiji (Snowy Cliff Temple) where we were given permission to sleep the night in the free accommodation in the Temple grounds.
After the Temple closed, a few locals came to pray. We chatted with Fumie Kachi, a 76 year old lady who spoke perfect English and had been in Nebraska USA where Pam had gone to school.
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