One Man Walking
Entries from April 2008

2008-04-30 Walking the peninsula

April 30th, 2008

I left the Oku school grounds at dawn. I’d pushed a note under the door asking the teacher there to email me the school’s address so I could amuse those kids with a postcard from the cape.
For the morning I stuck as close as I could to the sea. On the south side of the [...]

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2008-04-29 I, Shikoku

April 29th, 2008

Today I’ve started a new island and a new plan. I stopped just on 5 with plenty of sunlight left and I’m taking it easy. I’m actually watching, and momentarily joining in, a neighbourhood baseball game with a dozen kids aged 6-11.
Chris and I parted ways at the station. I headed to the port [...]

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2008-08-28 Beppu

April 28th, 2008

Today was to be another Zero Day but I clocked up some miles with a few tasks so it’s just another Town Day, but less frantic than most. My first target was the Bamboo Creative Art Museum which turned out be closed. There were no signs stating why but Chris reckons it’s what they do [...]

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hiking  ·  onsen  ·  photo

2008-04-27 When in Beppu

April 27th, 2008

People were already walking past our tent before 6am so Chris and I made an early start. Up over the saddle and down towards Beppu. It took a really long time but was helped by fair weather and a friendly traffic control guy. There were two of them letting traffic flow one way at a [...]

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hiking  ·  onsen  ·  photo  ·  trail magic

2008-04-26 Maps still failing

April 26th, 2008

The wind raged all night. When I first went to sleep the full moon lit the landscape. When I awoke at 3am the clouds were whipping past at incredible speeds and we were both fighting to keep our tents stable. I got out and shifted mine round to deflect the wind but it did little [...]

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2008-04-25 Dr Ashioto I presume

April 25th, 2008

Sorry Ian I stole your line. When I met Chris at Lawsons (a popular convenience store) it was the best intro I had. So I’ve met another uberhiker crossing Japan this year. We’ve walked together all day and compared notes on our trips so far. It’s great to be able to talk so freely again. [...]

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2008-04-24 Day trip to Aso

April 24th, 2008

It turns out I didn’t need a zero day to get my head straight, I needed a sunny day without my pack to walk the volcanic lands of the Aso caldera. And that’s just what I got. After a lengthy description of the area, every crater and trail as seen from several angles, I got [...]

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2008-04-23 Captain Insaneo

April 23rd, 2008

Just when you thought he’d learned to relax Captain Insaneo adds 25km (!!!!!) to his day’s walk. His bag was off, his shoes were off he was almost settled when whatever blooming mental disorder he has sent him out in the rain to walk around the volcano to the other youth hostel some five hours [...]

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2008-04-22 The light at the end of the tunnel

April 22nd, 2008

From my cocoon I emerge into a grey world. Alas, the same weary walker that entered. A little rested and a little smellier. Some day I’d like to break out shiny and new. Don my iridescent pack and waft over the hill on the breeze. But today I am just damp and clammy. I pack [...]

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2008-04-21 River gods

April 21st, 2008

Not as much condensation this morning but I still long for the days of California where I could cowboy-camp for months and never have to dry out a tent.
The walk was mostly easy, a few locals to talk to in the first town then four hours on a one-lane road to the next. I [...]

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