|Sunday, Sept. 17
At last, the effects of the typhoon were gone. It was sunny,
warm and dry.
Sunday morning view from Jigoku Onsen
The main roads weren't busy, but we found even quieter back
roads paralleling Route 265, almost to Route 57, which we followed for
only about a mile. We picked up Route 11, got lunch at a conbini and
headed for the hills.
| After wake-up baths and a breakfast of many delicious
breads and coffee in the cabin, we finished packing. Neal, Kazuko
and Ardinal -- packed like sardines in the Jeep -- drove to Oita for the
ferry to Shikoku, covering in less than a day the route that Rick and I
would savor all week.
Mount Aso is actually the name for a ring of five peaks surrounding
the world's largest active-volcano caldera. We barrelled downhill from
Jigoku Onsen and had a quiet, easy ride across the flat basin, following
Route 325 beside the jagged peak called Nakodake to Route 265.