Whose speed was much faster than light;
She set out one day,
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.
~Arthur Henry Reginald Buller, in the December 19, 1923 issue of Punch
Maybe she sailed a Laser?
We've been travelling this past week, and though not anywhere near the speed of light, we were doing a respectable 270 kph for a while - on the ground! The Shinkansen (new trunk line) - In Japan, it's "the only way to fly".
Think of it as flying without the time table restrictions (there's one leaving every ten minutes), waiting in line, security bozos (sorry Mam, your baby's pacifier could be a liquid explosive), waiting for luggage (you keep it with you), CO2 emissions (perhaps the most efficient mode of travel available except for my much slower bicycle), cramped seating (it's more like business class), cranky flight attendants (food and beverage service offered with grace), or air turbulence. When you consider the time lost getting to and from airports, going through check-in and security and waiting for your baggage at the destination, it is faster to take the Shinkansen than to fly. And much more comfortable.
For guys who need additional motivation for taking the Shinkansen....
We visited Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture where we stayed in a Buddhist Temple, and after a 4.5 hour bus ride through forested mountains and along jade green rivers, came to Nachikatsuura on the coast where we stayed on an island for a night and then went inland again to see Nachi waterfall - 133 meters (436 feet) high, and more temples and ancient Shinto Shrines. Massive, Japanese cedar trees, hundreds of years old, towered above us everywhere we went. Awesome nature, amazing history, new friends (monks) and food to die for. All of it part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We'll be posting about the entire trip on Pacific Islander blog as time permits this week. Back to sailing Sweet Bluesette tomorrow. We are blessed.
As Ralph Kramden would say, "How sweet it is!"
Until next, sweet sailing.