|The Beach at Okuma|
My friend, Murphy, and I drove north today, as far north as a person can go on Okinawa without getting their tires wet! We found a new port that has just been completed. It offers a ferry service to Ie Shima, the island where war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed during World War II. We had just missed the boat, literally, so after a quick exploration of the port's facilities, our drive continued.
|Putt-Putt Golf at Okuma|
|Monument at Cape Hedo Signifying|
the Northernmost Point
We hugged the East China Sea while going north. It has postcards views of the sea all along the route. The government has also completed some expansive and expensive traffic tunnels that made the trip to Cape Hedo much quicker than it would have been back in the day when traffic had to traverse the hills that occasionally stop abruptly right at the ocean's edge. (Okinawa is so much more modern and efficient than it was forty years ago!)
Our trip back south was on the Pacific side of the island. We saw a few nice beaches, but basically the highway tended to be more inland than Highway 58 is heading north. About halfway down the length of the island we cut across to the new Okinawan Expressway and finished our outing with a much appreciated burst of speed.
|Surf at Cape Hedo|