One Man Walking
Entries from May 2008

2008-05-31 Charles’ 30th

May 31st, 2008

Despite the rain the party in the hills was a success. Quite a few people cancelled and the softball game was called off but those that turned up really enjoyed themselves. Charles is from New Zealand too so he’d organised a hungi (Maori way of cooking food underground). He and Jason dug the hole while [...]

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2008-05-30 Party prep

May 30th, 2008

Charles’ party looks like it’s going to be a big one judging by the amount of food sitting around the appartment. This morning we put together maybe 100 kebabs and I shredded more greens than I’d normally see in a year. Once again I took the time to repack my stuff and try to lighten [...]

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2008-05-29 Short-cut of doom

May 29th, 2008

What a morning! I can’t find the maps now but one of them has a lot to answer for. The ‘road’ that short-cuts over the mountain via Ushikubi-toge (pass) dissolved into a gravel path and then a water course before becoming nothing more than a part of the forest that had less full-sized trees than [...]

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2008-05-28 Swimming hole

May 28th, 2008

I made three very good decisions today. First I went to the point in the river that Charles had told me about. I never actually decided to get in but I kept getting closer, took off (most of) my clothes and got wet (and very cold), all the while composing an apology to Charles saying [...]

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2008-05-27 The adventurists

May 27th, 2008

I dislike damp mornings like today’s, especially when camping on well turned soil that sticks on everything like, well like mud. But it was a blessing in disguise.
After I cleared the town of Nakatsugawa I climbed the hill and reached the paved road of Ochiai which was my start of the true Nakasendo. It lead [...]

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2008-05-26 The kindness of strangers

May 26th, 2008

(There’s a surprise ending. Skip down if you don’t have time to read it all)
I spent a while this morning hiding in the disabled toilets outside the monastery charging my internet tablet. Other owners should be aware that alert boxes keep the screen powered on, and that sort of behavior drains a battery overnight.
Once I [...]

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2008-05-25 That new leg feeling

May 25th, 2008

I left my Japanese base camp full of chocolate & banana milkshake and promises to return when I’m done with my current task. It was raining so I borrowed an umbrella and thus regained much of the pack weight I had sent up to Sapporo. Thanks to nearly three days of gorging and resting I [...]

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2008-05-24 Food glorious food

May 24th, 2008

Mr Iizuka was friends with the owner of Nagoya’s most famous eel restaurant. That fact secured us a table while others waited two hours in the lobby. As far as I know this was the first time I’d eaten eel but I’m continuing to discover new things about my time here as a baby thanks [...]

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2008-05-23 Resting in Nagoya

May 23rd, 2008

Another zero day for me. I took the time to re-evaluate everything in my pack and mail a few unneeded items up to Sapporo. That saved me about a kilogram. With just the essentials (tent, sleeping bag, minimal clothing, stove, maps, Japanese book, ID etc) my bag weighs 9kg, which isn’t terrible but 2kg of [...]

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2008-05-22 déjà vu?

May 22nd, 2008

I’ve been here before but I don’t remember it. I was 9 months old and couldn’t do much more than balance let alone march out 40km days through the industrial lands that crowd the coast here. This is Iizuka-san’s home, the mother of my aunt’s university friend that became a family friend as mum, dad, [...]

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