One Man Walking

It’s Official

January 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

   I have official resigned from my day job and now that my passport had been returned with a visa printed in it I can finally start to believe this is going to happen. I’ve been working there for 3.5 years and probably would have been there for a few more it this plan hadn’t occurred to me, but now my mind is set there’s nothing that can stop me and in just over two months I’ll be in the land of sumo, sushi and samurai.
   I’ve been prepping this site for while but have only just started telling people about it. As I get back into proper training and gear testing I’ll have more to say but for now I’ve just one subject I want to bring up. This time last year I was preparing for my PCT hike. I did lots of running, spent plenty of time in the work gym and even got out to do a few hikes before hand but really, what on earth was I thinking? I’ve been reading last year’s blog and trying to put myself into the frame of mind I was in when I started. Looking north to 2,600 miles of walking I must have been insane, or on such an adrenaline high that I really wasn’t thinking straight. Somehow that rush has prevailed and now I’m doing it all over again. As I say that I sit here with a confused look on my face, perhaps even bewilderment. I can’t quite put my finger on why I am doing it this time. It’s just come as a natural progression. Japan has always fascinated me and this seems like the best way to get to know it (while also living pretty cheaply for 6 months).
   Along with all the prep for the hike itself I am packing up my whole life here in New Zealand. I’ll store a few things at my parents place but essentially I’m getting back to just what I can carry. My whole life in a pack and on my back. Everything must go!

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wes // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

    You’re unmarried, young and strong. No time like the present for adventure! As a young man I spent approximately 2 years traveling and adventuring w/out an income. Three nearly grown kids and several mortgages later those experiences are still treasured. My most valued map is 1 Corinthians 10:31.

  • 2 Emily // Feb 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Holy Freak – I spent forever about 6 months ago looking for info on people that have hiked through Japan and didn’t find too much…and now I have found yours and the 4 corners of Japans blogs!
    I am hoping to hike through or do at least a month in Japan in 2009…
    Thanks for sharing your story!
    AT ‘03

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