We have just enough cell phone service
to make a few inquiries. One of Japan's most legendary rivers is in.
The Kyotosu Canyon is a couple hours away and reports indicate that
water levels will probably be good. It's too late in the day for us to
attempt this long section of river, so we decide to go further up the
Zakogawa to see what it has to offer. At first it doesn't have
much to offer. The low volume flows through an endless boulder garden,
just possible to read and run. Just a few more inches would make it
very exciting and a little scary. Thanks to a team member effort
yesterday, we know there is a waterfall down here somewhere. Soon
enough the rocks vanish and it's all bedrock, with some fun smaller
slides and ledges.
One kilometer of bedrock later and we're
scouting the falls. Maybe it was low above, but for this particular
cascade, the flow looks ideal.
Yoshihiro Takahashi drops in.
Laura Farrell finishing in good form.
Dewey observing a wind chime prayer flag kind of thing.
We take off and partake in the local onsen before getting our drive on.
Several hours later and we are camping in an old soccer field at a
closed school. The buildings are unlocked, and unvandalized. Only in