DAILY RECORD OF THE SAGES' TRAVELS
BOWING ONCE EVERY THREE
FOR WORLD PEACE.
A very windy, wet & fireless eve. did not dampen our spirits. It rained
all-night and today as well. Proceeded about 2 miles when Kuo Ch'in came w/hot
lunch. Rain felled large branches in road. Kuo Ch'in took some clothes back
& dried them for us. Proceeded about 5 or 4 more miles to Five Rivers.
Previously, Kuo T'ung brought some hot tea at exactly right moment. Spent eve in
Kuo Tun & Kuo Ch'in's garage-First dry eve of the trip!!!!!!!!!!
10-23-73: Kuo Tun returned
us to where we left off bowing. Made exactly 2 Mi when Kuo Ch'in, Kuo Mi &
Chan Ni came w/lunch. Yesterday, when asked what his Dharma name was, Kuo Mi
promptly and loudly replied, "BUDDHA!" After lunch, passed through
Olema & approached Pt. Reyes Station. A reporter from local paper came &
took photos & talked a bit. A hiker w/dog has wished to be allowed to
accompany us and will stay w/us tonight. Made more than five miles today - nice
weather. Tomorrow we pass through Pt. Reyes Station. Camped near dry creek bed
in small valley. Earlier Kuo T'ung came by w/milk & apple juice - Spoke a
bit with our guest—accepts all religions & doctrines as true & valid.
Cold-cold-cold-frost on ground when we woke up. Packed up--parted company &
passed through Pt. Reyes Station. Kuo Hsing was there & joyfully followed
along for a while bowing about 15-20 feet behind Heng Ju. The weather was
superb. Made three miles before a late lunch. Kuo Tun, Kuo Ch'in & Nome
& Chan Ni did not expect we had gone so far, so it was late when they found
us well beyond Pt. Reyes Station. As they inquired from people as to our
whereabouts they asked a girl from the Rancho Bolinas, who had seen us 2 days
previous. She came during lunch today & seemed to be very interested in the
whole trip. She gave some vegetables to Kuo Ch'in for our lunch tomorrow. Gave
her a card & perhaps she will show up in SF. Made more than two miles in the
PM. I stumbled onto an abandoned ramshackle house, which suited us fine for the
eve. Made a fire 5 dried some wet things.
10-25-73: Dry & warm
but very noisy evening in cabin, as many living beings (rats, deer, etc) were
working while we rested. Rose early & made 2.5 miles when Kuo Ch'in & 2
sons came & offered lunch. Many people passing & looking but not
speaking. Right after eating, Kuo Ch’in left, & a car came by & slowed
& went to turn around. It was Kuo Joe, w/camera & paper, who wrote an
article on us. He gave us some supplies. As we were about to stop and rest for
the evening Kuo T'ung came by w/some milk and orange juice. We made camp in a
cow pasture above Route 1 overlooking Tamales Bay.
Despite delays, made 4.5 mi., and are
just short of Marshall. Passed a
man in Marconi who said he was associated w/Zen Center in SF & was happy to
have us at his "humble corner."
10-26-73: Spent a windy,
moist night in field. Rose early & made 5.5 mi. before Kuo T'ung came
w/lunch offering. Just as we were starting, a girl, Tamara, stopped and said
"Too late. I wanted to offer you lunch today." We did not recognize
her. After lunch Dan & his dog Inverness offered us an apple each. He said
he saw an article on us in the Pt. Reyes Light. He showed us the front-page
story. We figured Tamara had seen it. Shortly after lunch, someone offered Heng
Ju a grapefruit. At this point Channel 5 KPIX TV approached Heng Ju camera &
mike in hand. Heng Ju kept bowing, and told them to see me. By this time,
traffic was stopping 5 people were gathering & looking. The owner of a
seafood restaurant, having seen us pass by, came bouncing out to offer us lunch.
The cameraman kept filming. Then they caught up to me. Took shots & asked a
few questions, and after their last shots, they departed. Tamara, the girl who
wanted to give us lunch, had been observing all this & as Heng Ju had been
bowing for quite a spell without respite, we sat down to rest & talked. The
black man on a motorcycle stopped and joined the conversation. He had seen us
from the restaurant & was convinced that Heng Ju's walk was "a work of
God." We exchanged views & after a few minutes he was off. He believed
in the Bible & God. Tamara had been associated w/Zen Center for 4 or 5 years
& now lives on her own out here. We left & made 5 1/2 miles before
10-27-73: Spent a usual
night under a tree, no tent. Upon reaching Tamales, we found the town's
atmosphere electric as if set out for watching a parade. There were 2-motorcycle
state police & as I passed through, everyone was motionless except for their
eyes, which followed my every step through the town. Someone said good morning.
When Heng Ju followed not far behind the same electric atmosphere prevailed as
people lined the street. It was very tense until someone offered Heng Ju some
donuts & it seemed as if the whole town sighed in relief. Upon reaching the
other side of town, we discovered it was High School Homecoming & in fact
the town was set out & ready for the parade which started about 1 minute
after Heng Ju passed through. Someone else gave some vegetables & a small
piece of cheese to Heng Ju; another gave some crackers & cheese. Outside of
town, 5 high schoolers from Tamales stopped to talk. They gave bread &
cheese etc. etc. They left as Kuo's Tun, Ch'in, Mi & Chan Ni came w/lunch.
During lunch 2 other high schoolers stopped we chatted. One was on the football
team from Tamales. Made 5 miles before lunch. Made 2 more miles after lunch
& camped in cow pasture under tree. A Persian lady gave us some much-needed
water & commended us. Got offering of fresh milk from nearby dairy. Things
have turned around because of the news coverage.
Slept sitting under a tree, awoke & started off. At a rest stop 1.5-mi. out,
a woman offered us breakfast, but as we told her we only ate but once a day, she
gave us cheese sandwiches to go. Upon reaching the Marin-Sonoma line, it was
past 11:50 so we continued to about 1 mile outside of Valley Ford, and began to
eat lunch, which was given to us the evening before today. At 1:50 Kuo Mien from
Occidental showed up w/lunch. She had not seen us on the road, but was not too
late, since it was time to set back the clocks. It turned out to be 12:50, not
1:50 so we finished lunch. Went through Valley Ford where a Sonoma County
Sheriff warned us to be careful etc. He was pleasant enough.