[A Rider Brother Journey: This is part of a ten-part serialization of the story of a special hike I made with my Brother in 1989. It is based on a journal entry I made on August 19, 1989. It was recently revised into this semi-haibun format.]
The full text of the story to-date.
Our choice of going South appears wrong after an hour or so of walking. Instead of going straight up to the top, the road winds around the mountain and to the East. Way down below to the South is the valley...we are so high up the mountain that the river can no longer be seen. We seem to be going away from the summit but it never gets out of our site.
we get further along, but
no closer to the top