[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.
After a bit of lunch we enjoy the fruits of our efforts for a while and then its time to head back down. We depart shortly after 2:00 pm. We discover that a large section of the mountain to the southwest is clear cut. The going is therefore incredibly easy. The view to the West is spectacular and we can see all the way up the river valley. We eventually reach the limit of the clear cut. Fortunatey we find a road that leads back down the mountain.
the road we find
is the one from the start: