One Man Walking

2008-04-21 River gods

April 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

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 went to a small building there that looked official to ask if the shortcut through the hills was passable. As it happens I’d stumbled onto the office of Kawakami (roughly: river spirit) which is in charge of all the rivers, roads, dams and bridges around here. The guy inside told the road was fine and a lot more besides, something about the first traffic lights in Shiiba, the next town. I wandered off in search of shops for food but found only an old lady pointing back the way I came and insisting that I listen for shops on road 388. I have no idea what she meant of course but that’s where my shortcut was so I went that way with my ears open.

I passed Kawakami again and decided to ask to charge my internet tablet. Damn good thing I did too. They invited me in, gave me food, iced-coffee and a really nice energy drink/syrup thing. Another guy came over and got guy #1 to mime giving me directions while he took a photo. Company newsletter I guess. I left with a few small bags of dry crackers and instructions on how to find a campable area (I think I’m there now). Dry food I have sorted, what I need is a piece or two of fruit.

It’s a year now since I started the PCT. By August 20th I’d done 2000 miles and that’s with nearly three weeks of zero days. That’s about how long this walk will be……

Whoa, something big and many-limbed just splashed through that river. I am not alone here, nor am I about to go investigate the strange sound. I saw monkey footprints today, tiny ones but I’m ok here guarding my stuff.

…… so I expect to be finishing in good weather. I know it’s still early but my head is still running the numbers and wondering when I can get back to relaxing. I think the pilgrimage on Shokuko should help settle me, there will be more walkers there.

Word of the day: kaisha = company

Distance today: 34 km

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mountaingoat // Apr 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Sorry mate, the out-of-character generosity I displayed a few days ago must be retracted. I may,as it turns out, have use for the atlas after all…

  • 2 Peter A // Apr 24, 2008 at 9:39 am

    It might have been the mime that splashed through the river. I hear they do that.

  • 3 craig // Apr 24, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    glad to hear it dude. keep on walking if you can

  • 4 James // Feb 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hello, a little late but I am enjoying reading your travels. I apologize for butting in but the bit about the old lady telling you to listen for roads was so funny! Kiku in japanese also means to ask, perhaps that’s where the confusion lies?

    Anyways, I will read on.

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