After eating a good lunch in the Okinawan Tourism building we were turned loose for the day.
Not sure of what to do, I headed back to the hotel to work on laundry and get a run in. After jogging out from the hotel, I set my sights on the morale track and followed it out to the river where I ended up crossing two bridges and meandering through a riverside park. Although no one could say I saw anything particularly amazing, this is just how I like to explore a strange new land. The river was at low tide with the banks exposed and a row of strange looking plants growing along the banks. After crossing the second bridge I slowed down, walking past a school and a large dirt soccer field where students were combing the dirt. I enjoyed and felt privileged to view this small area of town far from the touristy part of town. I was also witness to some strange sport where several students with long stick with a “V” at the end were working together to raise, upright an even longer poll with a tire attached to the top end. This puzzled me but over all I had a very nice, long run.
Later that evening my group and I wandered out for dinner, finding a very good, authentic Japanese restaurant. No one spoke English and there were no pictures on the menu so we all did our best to translate and eventually had the waiter help pick us something to eat. It was delicious if expensive and a great way to end a great week and a half in Okinawa.