祝砲(徒歩日本縦断#110)

110日目の今日は道の駅樋脇で起床

昨日の夜は鹿児島大学の一年生で、横石の旅を応援してくれてるひろきという青年がわざわざ道の駅まで来てくれて2人で話しながら夜を過ごした(ひろきも自転車で今年の夏に日本縦断した)

夜まで旅の話に花を咲かせてから、ひろきは来た車で車中泊。横石は本土最後の野宿ということでテントを張って寝て、朝7時に片付けを完了し2人でまた少し話しながら朝ごはんを食べて、8時前に別れの時

ひろきはまだ19歳で、横石が初めて旅に出たあの時の気持ちを思い出せるような、素敵な出会いだった。また来年の夏も自転車で旅をするらしい。

色んなとこ行ってこい!日本中を走り回って、色んな景色を見て、色んな日本を知って、たくさんの人に後ろ姿で元気をあげてほしい。横石もそうだったように…

そして横石も歩き出す

今日は34キロ先の鹿児島市街まで、そして鹿児島市街からはフェリーで沖縄まで向かうので、本土最後の歩行となる。

感慨深いが必ず終わりは来るものだ。最後も楽しんでいこう

今日は鹿児島市街までに大きな峠を一つ越える

天気は雨予報が快晴と素晴らしい天気に恵まれて緩やかな登りの田園風景の中を歩いていく

良い風景だ。もう何回旅をしてこのような田園風景をみただろうか。

何回見てもその度にこのなんでもない風景に胸を焦がす。そのくらい日本の故郷の風景が好きなんだろうなぁ横石は。じゃないと自転車の後で徒歩でやろうなんて思わないよなぁ笑

そして5キロほど歩くと入来峠という本格的な峠に入っていく、斜度も去ることながら

この洞門が懐かしい

東日本のでかい峠にはよくあるが、西日本に入ってからはなかなか見ないので、キツイはずが「あぁ、懐かしいなぁ…」なんてそういう気持ちになってしまった。

最近はどこかで風景を見るたびに「あ、ここはあそこの風景に似てるな」なんて思うほどに日本中の風景が脳裏に思い浮かぶ。そりゃそうなるよな。大学一年生から、ただひたすら一途に日本を旅し続けてるんだもん。

「日本で1番日本を知ってる大学生になりたい」

常々思っていることだが、これは知識として知ってるのではなく、肌で感じるという意味だ。

少しは近づけてるのかな、この目標に

そんなことを思いながら峠を黙々と登る

鹿児島はあたたかくて、12月に入った今でも秋の気候だ。すすきが生い茂ってカマキリもまだ道路に出てきている

関東では今寒波で気温は一桁台だし、北海道や東北に関してはマイナスなのに鹿児島は20度にも迫る勢い。日本はやっぱり広い。これも肌で感じているから間違いない。

そして峠の頂上でいよいよ鹿児島市へ

眺望が開けた時には海と市街が遠くに望めた

市街まで後20キロほど、下り基調の道のりをひたすら歩いていく

そして残り10キロほどで国道3号に合流し、市街地になっていくと鹿児島ならではのこんなものがまるでゴミ置場のように至る所に指定してある。

さらに道行く車は灰がこびりついたものが多い

「いよいよ鹿児島に来たんだなぁ」

まさか灰で実感することになるとは思いもしなかったが、さすがは桜島のお膝元だ

向かい風のため、目には灰が入って痛いし、汗ばんだ顔には灰が付いてしまう。

そしていよいよ桜島を正面に捉えて

城山トンネルを抜けて、市街の中心部に出た時

桜島が噴煙を上げた

鹿児島に来るのはもう5回目だが、噴火の瞬間を見たのは初めてだ

それは映画やアニメで見る何倍も迫力があるリアリティで、なにより「地球は生きてる」という言葉がこういうことなのかと実感させてくれた。

それはこんなにも美しくて、怖くて、言葉にはできないような風景だった。

「今目の前で火山が噴火してる」

3800キロの道のりを歩いて本土最後の都道府県に辿り着いたのを祝福してくれたかのように、祝砲が上がった瞬間だった

ちなみに桜島は最近活動が活発で毎日のように噴火してるらしく、鹿児島市民の人は慣れたものだった。埼玉県民からしたらここまでのカルチャーショックはなかなか無い。鹿児島県民以外がこの噴火の瞬間を見たら誰しもが興奮するであろう。そのくらい迫力のあるワンシーンだった。

そして中心地の鹿児島市役所に辿り着き、今日はこれから高校の修学旅行の民泊でお世話になってから、旅で鹿児島に来るたびに未だにお世話になっている大好きな森さんご夫婦にお世話になることに。どんな夜になるのかな。本土最後の夜になるかもしれない今日を、思いっきり楽しもう。

歩行距離 34キロ

鹿児島県薩摩川内市→鹿児島市

総歩行距離 3798キロ

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