Wednesday 04.09.13 24 km
Much to my surprise it's dry this morning. There are two ferry companies that
sail to Aomori. It takes 4 hours. I go the 3 km to the ferry terminal. I think I
follow the signs and end at a building, where I can read TK. And one of the
companies should be TK something. When you step inside it doesn't look like a
ticket office. You have to take off your shoes? I start entering some stairs, a
man comes behind me, he says something. I say: Ferry, Aomori? No, it's not here,
and he joins me outside and points in the direction from where I came. White
building! Yes, I see it, and I go back and there at the corner there is a ticket
office. But the signs showed around the corner? Any idiot can read it says
"Seikan Ferry"? Just not me....
Now I have a ticket for 11.35am and I know where I have to be at 11.10. Then
we'll see if it'll bestorming? The rest of a typhoon should pass Hakodate, but I
don't know when.
As it's only two hours I stay in the waiting room and read "Kafka on the
Beach". I enjoy being alone not having to go anywhere. It's an odd book, that
carries me away. 3 different parts that obviously will come together in the end?
The trucks park outside constantly and the drivers come to get their tickets.
A small bicycle in a BIG ship...... .....with BIG trucks
As a cyclist I have the honour of being the first
on board. The bike is securely tied in the side.
There's only mine. It's not a big ship. Only three rooms upstairs. A big one
where one can lay down.
A smaller with seats for maybe 20 persons and one with some berths. They could
have been bought?
It is an unusually quiet trip. And the wheather gets better. Just now the sun is shining on the steep rocks of the Shimokta penninsula, that falls down to the sea. It's beautiful.
I talk a lot with an american who teaches in China. He's together with another american who is half japanese.