One Man Walking

Phase one complete

April 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

   4 hours until I set off for the airport, another 4 hours after that I’ll be airborne and the planning phase will truly be over. I should probably send a shout out to a few people for their special efforts in getting me this far. Paul B. hasn’t just been helping me solder wires and make power supplies, he’s be doing it pretty much on his own, with me just sitting by uselessly. I did slightly redeem myself tonight though by shortening a cable to charge my camera battery. 2m of heavy plastic does not an ultra-lighter make.
   Cary at Montrail came through with the promise of reduced shoe prices, which is awesome when I’m buying 6 pairs at a time. Grant at Gossamer Gear gave me some prototype hiking poles that weight a staggeringly small 71g each. Rod Java (a.k.a. SierraShade) has sent me some little camera nut things that will hold a camera on a hiking pole so I can take photos/video of myself from a distance (which is normally best). And Ryan O’hara has upgraded my GPS logger one more time while juggling a soon-to-be new arrival at his place. I think that covers all the gear people.
   Anna M. gave me a great send-off gift, just as she did with her care package at the end of the PCT. Apparently the Japanese words for frog and return are the same so a frog is a good luck charm for travelers to return safely and I’ll be carrying the keychain with me, and buying a few sakés in her honour.
   My girlfriend Tania deserves a special mention too. She’s been more patient with me than any man deserves. She listens when I talk about all manner of trail related things and doesn’t object when this obsession with walking sucks all my attention and energy. She’s changed her future plans so we can be together. What more could a guy want?
   To all my friends that came to my good-bye party and those that wanted to but couldn’t I am grateful. The next few years will be exciting for us all. Many of us will be reaching 30, a few of us are recently married and I expect there maybe little feet crawling if not running around when I get back.
   Of course it goes without saying that my parents have been incredibly supportive too. They always have been and even more so when I am embarking on a trip like this that is so close to their hearts. Mum and dad met when hosting Japanese students in the 70s and we spent 10 weeks there on the way to Europe when I was just 9 months old. I even learned to walk there so I’m closing the loop I guess. Dad will be editing my blog from now on, so expect a dramatic drop off in typos. He’s also adding my content to Flickr (photos) and Seero (video).
   From now on the posts will be from Japan. There will be cultural aspects and interesting photos. I’ll try to stop talking about gear. Don’t forget to follow Chris and Ian on their trips too. Good night New Zealand.

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tony // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    good luck and safe journey, look forward to reading your blogs!

  • 2 James // Apr 2, 2008 at 11:55 am

    All the best for your trip Craig – we’ll all be watching with interest.

    God bless,

    James

  • 3 Mike Hedge // Apr 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    super exciting!

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