Of course I HAD to stop for breakfast at Komeda! It's popular with bikers. :)
After breakfast, I pedaled to Gokiso Station. I was not ready to leave the beautiful day and disappear underground. But I finally did. Took a short ride underground with a break for a phone call in the middle. Eventually, I made it to the JR station.
There were 2 trains - one going to Nagoya Station and one going off into Gifu, a neighboring prefecture. Of course I got on the train heading out of town. I didn't really know where I was going, so I just settled in for a ride.
After a while, I hopped off the train. I didn't really pay attention to where I was, but I saw a bus waiting outside the station. I got on and rode the bus for a while and then hopped off. Still didn't really know where I was, so I bought a snack and started walking.
At the first major intersection, there was a big display of vases and funny little pots. I later discovered that the area is famous for ceramics.
I didn't really know which direction to walk, so I wandered aimlessly for a few minutes. Then I saw some red gates off in the distance, so I decided to head towards them.
And was surprised by a lovely view!
I kept walking and ended up on a playground, so I took some silly selfies.
Hey, where'd everybody go?
I headed back down and walked around the old-fashioned neighborhood. It was really cool and there were lots of pottery and ceramic things going on. Very few people, but lots of huge trays of unpainted cups and bowls. I was a little nervous that I was going to stumble off the road and take out 500 cups. I didn't!
Bamboo along the road.
There were funny green pots all around, and I enjoyed looking for them.
Not entirely sure what is going on here.
This is also how I feel when reading the news.
Hmm, I need to practice my ukulele more often.
A good approach to life - relaxing by a creek.
This one just called out for a selfie!
It was worth it!
I love buildings like this!
Hmmm, how do I get back to the station?
It's 4km away? Maybe I should take up hitchhiking.
Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long for a bus. Countryside buses don't run very frequently, so I was worried! But I made it back to the station and back on the train to Nagoya.
All in all, it was quite an enjoyable mini-adventure! Sometimes it's good to wander with no destination or plan.