One Man Walking

2008-04-16 Seeking shelter

April 16th, 2008 · 4 Comments

A wise man once said “Some days are diamonds, some days are stone”. Somedays start off as stone and get worse and worse until a diamond pops out and that lands me here at Ground Golf just off route 67.

I stayed in my tent until 8am, which by hiking standards is sleeping in. The rain had stopped by then and I shuffled down to the town on Kanoya before the drizzle began. It hasn’t stopped since. I’ve stayed on 269 again and it’ll take me two more days to be rid of it. By 2pm things were so dreary I started asking in post offices for youth hostels or camping grounds but they knew none. A Lawsons convenience store sent me towards a park and on the way I happened to shelter at a takoyaki (octopus in dough) stand. I asked the lady for directions and got talking about accommodation options. She said there were lots of “love hotels” near by (we were surrounded by vegetable fields) but I think they charge by the hour and besides, arriving alone is pretty sad. I pointed to a shed and said that would do for me, she said it wouldn’t and called the owner. Eventually I got walked to a 3 sided building with seats for watching mini-golf (on the way I saw the shed was a chicken run) and I got settled in.

As I poured over my maps two heads popped around the wall. Mutsuko and Hesako had brought me food! Sushi, kumara, takoyaki and pringles! What a great gift. I explained myself once again and they took some photos. Now I’m alone again with the rain getting worse. I’m so glad to have a solid roof right now. Tomorrow is a dash to Osumi and then a small hop to Miyakanojo which must have a hostel of some sort.
Hesako, Mutsuko and I 
Word of the day: naibu = inside

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter A // Apr 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I’m imagining what it would be like for some random japanese dude to want to camp out in our garage. I’d probably take him pringles too.

  • 2 Louisa // Apr 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    You are taking some beautiful photos Craig! keep it up. Japan looks (and sounds) so unique. Hope your feet are taking the pressure, rubbing them with vaseline before you go to bed at night (not as dodgy as it sounds) helps. xo

  • 3 Alison // Apr 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    The Mutsuko’s and Hesako’s of this world are angels.

  • 4 Caitlin // Apr 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    you and your pringles…. now all you need is a few bags of skittles and a snickers bar and it’ll be just like the PCT!

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