Imabari to Kyoto

I was sad to leave Imabari and the Tokunaga family; it’s always difficult to say goodbye to people who have been so kind. Off I went though, once more I would be crossing the Shimanami Kaido, the series of bridges linking Shikoku and Honshu. I wanted to get across as fast as possible as another…

Tai’an to Qingdao: a ferry and a fork up

I’d come to Tai’an with one purpose: to climb Tai Shan, considered to be China’s holiest mountain and which has been worshipped since the 11th Century BC.  It has been climbed by countless emperors and other important people from Chinese history including Mao Zedong.  Soon it would be honoured by my ascent, I hoped anyway,…