One Man Walking

2008-04-19 The Weather Improves

April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

From a very cold night it didn’t take long to become a stiflingly hot day. Hardly a cloud in the sky from the moment I left my nice site by the lake. I put it to good use, getting to Kobayashi by midday to restock before getting on Route 265 were I’ll be for a while. From tonight’s playground campsite I have about 150km to Aso (reportedly the world’s largest active caldera, I’ll need to reach Wikipedia to compare it to Yellowstone). That’s four tough days. This afternoon I stopped at 4pm after +36km. I lay down on the grass and tried to relax. 10mins later I was checking my watch. Either I need to stop in more interesting places or take proper lunch breaks so I don’t go so far so early.
Lake Miike     IMG_5507 
Today’s random act of kindness came from a fruit stand owner. I asked the lady “how much is it?” pointing at the oranges, and I think she said 1000¥ (about $13 NZD) which is crazy. The guy stepped over and handed me what has to be the juiciest orange I have ever had. Ask a thru-hiker what their favourite food is and it’ll either be food they didn’t have to carry, or food they didn’t have to buy (and maybe food that already has water in it). This covered all bases and was delicious. Thank you Mr Fruit.
Word of the day: orenji = orange

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rach // Apr 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Wikipedia says Mt Aso’s caldera is 18 x 25 km, while Yellowstone’s is 55 x 72 km. So it’s about 11% of the area of Yellowstone.

  • 2 Caitlin // Apr 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    hurrah for food that already had water in it!

    p.s. i’m off to belize this summer and am looking forward to rediscovering the joys of couscous, soup mix, tons of granola bars, and enormous pasta meals. good old trail food.

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