Sometimes events are not as simple as they should be. Driving down from Canberra to Sydney in the rain I found that the motorway was closed due to a horrendous accident and I had to go “cross-country”. Then on the first detour route I took there was a (low-speed) head-on collision four or five cars in front of me that blocked the road. It was a very narrow road in a rock ravine with only six paces from one side of the ravine to the other. It was only because I was driving a small car that I was able to do a U-turn and continue.
The next day I boarded a plane to fly from Sydney to the Gold Coast and then after a change of plane, on to Osaka (Kansai). However, when we got to the Gold Coast, the plane circled the airport for half an hour or so but was unable to land because the rain was so heavy the pilot could not see the runway or the control tower. So, back to Sydney.
Finally, on the 26th, to Kansai and then on to Kyoto, where I am staying in the Shunko-In Zen Temple. I was dropped at the door by the Yasaka Kansai Airport Shuttle which was a great boon and involved the driver negotiating some very narrow lanes near the destination.
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