さいはて(徒歩日本縦断#完結)

徒歩日本縦断120日目

起きてからすぐにフェリーの運行状況をチェックする

よし。最後の運試しは成功だ。

神様は横石に微笑んだ

あとはフェリーに乗って、日本最南端の地、波照間島に辿り着き、無事に最南端の高那崎にある「日本最南端の碑」に辿り着くだけである

日本最北端宗谷岬から果てしなく思えるほどに長かったこの旅路がいよいよ終結を迎えようとしていた

朝日が昇る中、午前8時発のフェリーぱいじまに乗船。3年前の自転車日本一周で来た時と船が変わったらしく二倍くらいの大きさにはなっていた。おかげで揺れも少なめ。途中多少の揺れはあったものの、窓の外の海をのんびり眺めていた。

本当に最後だなぁ

徐々に濃くなっていく波照間島の島影を眺めながらぼんやりと思う

本当に、本当にこんなところまで来たんだなぁ

フェリーで石垣島から波照間島へは1時間半で到着する。今日も定刻通り9時半に波照間港へ到着

ここからゴールの高那崎までは4キロほどで着いてしまうが、まずは日本一綺麗な海と名高いニシハマへと向かう

坂を降りると見えてくる青すぎる海

日本最南端の海が日本一綺麗だなんて、なんて浪漫だろう



そうだ。自転車日本一周の時に初めて見たこの海の色。紛れも無い最南端の海の色。

この風景に憧れて、横石はここまで歩いてきたんだ。「這ってでも波照間に辿り着く」そう信じてここまで来た。

北海道をタクマと2人で歩き始めたとき

果てしなく広がる原野に圧倒されながらも、心を何度も挫かれそうになった

何キロ進んでも変わらぬ風景、痛む足

2人で原野に座り込んで、励ましあって、歌を歌って、少しずつ前に進んだっけな

左足首に激痛が走ってストレッチが欠かせなかった
膝痛かったよな、タクマも

1日30キロも歩くのが限界で、それでも進み続けた北海道。

そして700キロ近く歩いて、函館までたどり着いた時には、歩ける距離も増えていき、同時に歩き旅の魅力にどんどん魅了されていった

移りゆく雲と刻々と変わる空の色

空より青い海の色

時が止まったような黄昏時

歩き旅というおおよそ文明とはかけ離れた時速5キロの世界は、普段気にも留めない世界の理を鮮明に映し出し、色鮮やかに目の前を照らした

そして季節は晩夏から初秋へ移り変わり

相方のタクマと別れ、横石は一人で北アルプスの日本最高峰の山々に挑んでいった

雲をも突き抜ける天空の世界まで

この足で歩いていく

高くなればなるほど薄くなる酸素と濃くなる空の青

意志に反してバラバラになっていく足

それでも高みを目指す意志

殻を一つも二つも破って、いくつもの山を越えていった

そしてまだ蝉の鳴く暑い10月

京都大阪と西の大都会を越えて、お遍路もやったっけな

お遍路はこの旅路の中でも1番の過酷な道のりとなった

毎日平均50キロを歩き通して、1100キロを超える長き修行の道のりを24日で歩き抜いた

今思えば、お遍路中何故あんなにも歩けたのか分からない。意地もあるし、それ以上に四国のお遍路文化がたまらなく心地よかったなぁ

道行く人とは必ず挨拶を交わすようになり、歩いていく道のりは日本の原風景をこれでもかと味わえるような素敵な道のりだった

「これが日本という国の美しさか」

自転車日本一周をしてもなお、日本を旅をしてしまう

その理由が明確になる

どこか切なく胸を打つ、美しい日本の風景

心からありがとうと思える、人々との出会い

自分の奥底から湧き上がってくるのは、そんな掴みようのなく所有することは出来ない、だけども、いやだからこそ、美しいものたちを、とことん追いかけていきたい。ただそれだけだと気づいた。

そして季節は秋から冬へ

凍てつく朝が増えていき

霜が降りるほどになっていき

どんどん寒くなる季節の中で旅もいよいよ終盤を迎えて中国から九州へ

白い息で手を温めながら、南へと向かった


南九州から沖縄へ辿り着くと、12月になったというのに季節は一気に夏に戻っていくかのように暑い日差しと青い海

そうやって困難を越えて、季節を越えて、海を越えて、4000キロを歩き抜いて、横石は今、憧れ続けた日本最南端の地へと辿り着く

歩くというなによりも単純明快な行為は、理屈や言葉を越えて、人と繋がり、なによりも美しい世界を見せてくれた

思えば最北端をスタートした時

後ろには道が無く、果てしない海が広がり、目の前には果てしない道が広がっていた。

そこから3896キロ、120日間に及ぶ旅路の中で一つずつ道を選択し、その道を信じて歩き抜き、その道の途中で様々な風景、たくさんの人たちに出会い、最南端に着いた時

目の前にはもう道が無くなっていた

振り返るとそこには、今まで歩いてきた道のりが光の筋のようになって、たくさんの人の笑顔と共に続いていた

「あぁ、そうか、俺は本当に自分の足で途方も無い距離を歩いて最果てまで来たんだな」

初めてそれを実感して、最南端に広がる空と海を見あげた時、笑いなのか涙なのかわからないけど、泣き笑いが止まらなくなって

どうしようもなく大声が出したくなって

思いっきり叫んだ

「俺はここまで来たんだぞ」

そう、この地に刻み込むように叫んだ

そしたら今度は涙が止まらなくなった

この1年間、大学を休学し、お金を貯めて、旅に出て、毎日波照間を夢見て必死で歩いて、本当に全てをこの旅に捧げた。

一人寂しい暗い夜も足が動かなくなるほど疲れ果てた日も雨に打たれて泣きそうになった日も暑さに項垂れて日陰で立ち止まった日も、波照間に辿り着いた自分の姿を思い浮かべれば自然と前に進めた。それほどに想い続けたこの地にこの足でたどり着いたことは俺の誇りだ。

誰になんと言われようと、誇りだ

そして、そんな横石をいつも支えてくださったみなさん。本当にありがとうございました。ありがとうじゃ足りないほどだけど、それに代わる言葉がありません。この場で感謝を込めて言わせていただきます。

いつかまたこの道のどこかで…

この旅は世界から見たら小さな小さな出来事だけど、もしみなさんがふとこの横石の旅路を思い出して、元気が出たり笑えたりしていただけたらこんなに嬉しいことはありません。

横石の旅路はいつも皆さんと共にありました

それだけは本当に確かな、そして宝物です。


Boys, be ambitious.
Be ambitious not for money
or for selfish aggrandizement,
not for that evanescent thing
which men call fame.


Be ambitious for the attainment 
of all that a man ought to be.


少年よ 大志を抱け
お金のためではなく
私欲のためでもなく
名声という空虚な志のためでもなく
人はいかにあるべきか、その道を全うするために、
大志を抱け


さぁ、次はどこへ行こうかな

-横石 陽大-


総日数 120日

総歩行距離 3986キロ

総歩数 538万歩

北海道→青森→秋田→山形→新潟→長野→岐阜→滋賀→京都→大阪→兵庫→徳島→高知→愛媛→香川→岡山→広島→山口→福岡→佐賀→長崎→熊本→鹿児島→沖縄(計24都道府県)

長い間このブログにお付き合いいただきありがとうございました。ぜひ最後に下の日本一周ボタンを押してブログランキングも応援してくださると嬉しいです

にほんブログ村 旅行ブログ 日本一周へ


にほんブログ村

801 件のコメント

  • Just desire to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is just spectacular and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  • Hi there, simply was aware of your blog through Google, and located that it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you proceed this in future. Many other people shall be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  • It¦s in reality a nice and helpful piece of information. I¦m happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Somebody essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish incredible. Great job!

  • I do consider all the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for novices. May you please prolong them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  • Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful info specially the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was seeking this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  • I’d have to examine with you here. Which is not one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in reading a post that may make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • It?¦s in point of fact a great and helpful piece of information. I?¦m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • obviously like your website but you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will certainly come back again.

  • Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites
    I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be useful to read content from other authors and
    use a little something from other websites.

    • I actually wanted to post a quick remark in order to say thanks to you for these fantastic points you are showing on this site. My particularly long internet lookup has finally been paid with reliable information to exchange with my family members. I ‘d believe that we readers are very endowed to dwell in a great place with so many awesome individuals with good plans. I feel somewhat fortunate to have come across your entire web pages and look forward to many more brilliant moments reading here. Thanks a lot again for all the details.

  • An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  • What i do not realize is in fact how you’re not actually much more smartly-appreciated than you might be now. You are very intelligent. You realize thus significantly relating to this topic, produced me individually consider it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved except it’s something to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs nice. At all times deal with it up!

  • Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your site in internet explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people will miss your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  • I?¦m now not certain the place you’re getting your information, but great topic. I must spend some time learning much more or working out more. Thanks for wonderful info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

  • Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  • I would like to thnkx for the efforts you’ve put in writing this site. I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming also. In fact your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  • A lot of thanks for each of your work on this web page. My mother loves doing investigation and it is easy to understand why. A number of us know all regarding the dynamic form you convey informative tips and hints on your blog and therefore boost response from some others on this topic plus our girl is undoubtedly learning a whole lot. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. You’re the one carrying out a great job.

  • I wish to show some thanks to you just for rescuing me from this particular predicament. As a result of surfing around through the online world and obtaining basics which are not helpful, I assumed my life was gone. Living devoid of the approaches to the problems you have solved as a result of your good posting is a crucial case, and those which might have badly damaged my career if I had not come across your blog post. Your primary training and kindness in controlling all the things was important. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a solution like this. I am able to at this time look forward to my future. Thanks very much for your reliable and results-oriented help. I won’t hesitate to propose your site to any person who will need assistance on this subject.

  • When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Bless you!

  • Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your website is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you?¦ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What an ideal web-site.

  • Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your site. You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Thanks!

  • Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your weblog. You have some really good posts and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested. Many thanks!

  • Terrific work! That is the type of information that are meant to be shared across the net. Disgrace on the search engines for now not positioning this put up upper! Come on over and visit my web site . Thank you =)

  • Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Superb blog and outstanding style and design.

    • We still can’t quite think that I could become one of those reading through the important suggestions found on your web site. My family and I are really thankful for the generosity and for providing me the advantage to pursue our chosen profession path. Thanks for the important information I managed to get from your web-site.

  • 572612 516220Intriguing point of view. Im curious to feel what type of impact this would have globally? Sometimes men and women get slightly upset with global expansion. Ill be about soon to look at your response. 831062

  • Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and
    appearance. I must say you’ve done a excellent job with this.

    Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Internet explorer.
    Exceptional Blog!

  • you’re in reality a just right webmaster. The web site loading velocity is amazing. It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a excellent process on this subject!

  • I wanted to send a small remark to say thanks to you for these marvelous tactics you are writing here. My long internet investigation has at the end of the day been rewarded with extremely good ideas to exchange with my co-workers. I would say that we website visitors actually are undoubtedly blessed to dwell in a fine site with many awesome people with insightful techniques. I feel extremely blessed to have seen your entire web pages and look forward to many more entertaining minutes reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  • It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  • Nicely put. Thank you!
    [url=http://cephalexinmsnrxmsnrx.best/]phexin[/url] [url=http://ampicillin.fr/]Ampicillin With Ibuprofen[/url] [url=http://baclofenmsnrxmsnrx.best/]baclofen[/url]

  • I was actually itching to tails of some wager some change on some sports matches that are circumstance above-board now. I wanted to allow in you guys be familiar with that I did twig what I weigh to be the kindest orientation in the USA.
    If you poverty to pull down in on the engagement, scrutinize it out of the closet: real blackjack

  • I was in reality itching to treat some wager some monied on some sports matches that are circumstance right now. I wanted to let you guys be familiar with that I did twig what I consider to be the best locate in the USA.
    If you poverty to bring back in on the engagement, verify it out of the closet: play blackjack online

  • Wonderful postings. With thanks.
    [url=http://celexa.fr/]Celexa Vs Zoloft[/url] [url=http://tretinoin.fr/]Zoloft Vs Wellbutrin[/url] [url=http://flomaxtoday.com/]When To Take Flomax[/url] [url=http://azithromycinmaxim.com/]Zithromax How Supplied[/url] [url=http://antabuse.fr/]Effects Of Antabuse And Alcohol[/url] [url=http://flomax.fr/]flomax for women[/url]

  • I was in reality itching to tails of some wager some change on some sports matches that are phenomenon right now. I wanted to say you guys recall that I did find what I reckon with to be the a-one plat in the USA.
    If you want to pull down in on the exertion, check it out: online bingo for money

  • That is very interesting, You are an excessively skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and stay up for seeking more
    of your great post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks

  • I was really itching to tails of some wager some well-to-do on some sports matches that are episode right now. I wanted to say you guys recall that I did find what I weigh to be the trounce plat in the USA.
    If you poverty to bring back in on the engagement, verify it out of the closet: nascar odds

  • I was very pleased to find this great site. I want to to thank you
    for your time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely
    liked every bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to
    see new stuff in your web site.

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Первая председательница Верховного суда Татарии молчала по поводу своей службы в НКВД.
    Жену Генриха VIII на суде защищал посол Священной Римской империи.
    Синим цветом своих футболок «Скуадра адзурра» обязана Савойе.
    Канадский солдат в одиночку освободил от немцев нидерландский город.
    Консервативные художественные критики обрушились на портрет девушки, называя её гермафродитом, дочерью Каина и проституткой.

    arbeca

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Самцы косатки, обитающие в Британской Колумбии, всю жизнь живут с мамой.
    Зелёный чай может быть розовым.
    Команды тренера года АБА и НБА ни разу не стали в них финалистками.
    На идеологию национал-социализма оказали влияние русские эмигранты.
    Первый в мире короткоствольный револьвер (англ.)русск. с откидным барабаном стал символом кинонуара.

    http://arbeca.net

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Английский крейсер ценой четырёх попаданий защитил конвой от немецкого рейдера.
    Убийца с руками-клешнями избежал тюрьмы, но позже сам был убит.
    «Голова крестьянина» хранилась в доме у немецкой актрисы.
    Битву русских дружин и монголо-татар возле леса отмечают сразу в трёх селениях.
    Молнию можно не только увидеть, но и съесть.

    arbeca

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Англичане купили заказанную португальцами рукопись голландца и бельгийца с изображениями монархов десяти королевств.
    Подруга и последовательница Льва Толстого уже в детстве ходила босиком и отвергала нарядную одежду.
    Кустурица пропустил получение «Золотой ветви» в Каннах, так как любит друзей больше, чем церемонии награждения.
    Копенгагенский собор пришлось выстроить заново после визита англичан в 1807 году.
    На идеологию национал-социализма оказали влияние русские эмигранты.

    http://www.arbeca.net/

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Издательство «Шиповник» было задумано для публикации сатиры, однако вместо неё печатало Лагерлёф, Бунина и Джерома Джерома.
    Убийца с руками-клешнями избежал тюрьмы, но позже сам был убит.
    Сын политика-пьяницы помог принять сухой закон в своей провинции.
    Советские военные операторы на базе ленд-лизовского кинопулемёта и ППШ создали киноавтомат.
    В игре про выгорание отражён печальный личный опыт главного разработчика.

    arbeca

  • I was really itching to fix it some wager some money on some sports matches that are happening above-board now. I wanted to disillusion admit you guys know that I did twig what I weigh to be the best plat in the USA.
    If you want to pull down in on the action, verify it out: open championship odds

  • Знаете ли вы?
    Команды тренера года АБА и НБА ни разу не стали в них финалистками.
    Предок вождя революции участвовал в управлении долгами Российской империи.
    Альбом «Битлз», признанный одним из величайших в истории музыки, ругали за искусственность и «перепродюсированность».
    Жизненный путь абсолютного большинства звёзд известен заранее.
    Кустурица пропустил получение «Золотой ветви» в Каннах, так как любит друзей больше, чем церемонии награждения.

    arbeca