Thanks to my good friend Levi and his US postal address I now own six pairs of Montrail shoes. I guess he actually owns them because he paid for them since, like many US-centric businesses, Montrail declined my credit card. Come one people. You bill Visa, Visa bills me. It doesn’t matter that I live somewhere you’ve never heard of. Grrrr!
Anyway, one pair of shoes is winging its way to me here in NZ and I’ll pick up more at drop points in Japan. I’m feeling much better now that I think I have the foot thing sorted. My hiking poles are also heading this way but according to the USPS tracking site they have been sitting at international dispatch in Chicago for two days. Don’t they know those things are urgent?
Over here I’ve been keeping myself busy, still sorting out some images from last year’s hike. They are now available in a handy Google Earth file if you’re so inclined.
Yesterday I laid out my electronics in three groups. Power supplies: Solio, Solar panels and USB wall unit. Devices: N810, iPod, GPS logger. The last group is cables and that’s where I need help. I’ve got a friend who is good with that sort of stuff and can help me create the missing links so I’ll be able to keep all devices charged for the maximum amount of time. I proved the solar panels are just about good enough to charge the N810, though I’ll be looking for a Solio -> USB cable to be sure I always have enough juice.
I’ve also had business cards printed, because the Japanese are crazy about business cards. They don’t stand out as much as last year’s ones but I’ve wasted enough time in front of the computer when I should have been training. So for the next few days I’m packing and sorting. I’m leaving for much longer than I’ve ever left before and using the oppourtunity to really purge my life off all the stuff that one accumulates. Doesn’t the saying go that you should throw away old bank statements but keep old love letters. Well I’m getting rid of both. But at least the love letters, and Christmas cards, and just regular friendly letters, are getting recycled so they can continue to be something good.
Fellow north-bounder Chris has already flown south to his start point. I’m a week away from boarding my plane and then two weeks away from going to Kyushu. Time is rapidly running out so I’ll be up at dawn every day, working harder than when I had a job. But it’s all for a good cause I reckon.