One Man Walking
Entries from May 2008

2008-05-21 Electric baths

May 21st, 2008

Sleeping at the road station was better than I thought, though the sky was getting light and the traffic picking up much earlier than I wanted. There then followed a day of occasionally getting lost and increasing leg pain. Some times I walked with Nohashi-san, sometimes I walked alone, sometimes I got shouted at for [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo  ·  trail magic

2008-05-20 Mysterious ways

May 20th, 2008

No I’m not referring to the way I poorly attempted to mimic the dance moves of the Matinee music video while listening to it on my iPod, though that was pretty mysterious. I refer to the fact that this morning I spent a fair bit of time composing a whiny post about how I’m approaching [...]

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2008-05-19 A short one

May 19th, 2008

Quite an uneventful day really. Just pacing along the varying route 25. Sometimes it seems like it’s an on-ramp for the busy I.C. motorway but at other times it’s a pleasant country road in small villages. There were a few raindrops early on but it didn’t bother me until I reached Ueno. I had planned [...]

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2008-05-18 Feeling better

May 18th, 2008

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good night’s sleep. I was so comfortable last night I missed my alarm, but not by much. Ohashi-san took me to his restaurant and I ate the best breakfast so far. With that in my belly I went wandering around Nara and found a lot more than [...]

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2008-05-17 Okonomiyaki

May 17th, 2008

I got out of Utsubo Park as early as I could. The roses looked much duller in the early light, if that hostel had been open I’d not have seen the flowers under electric light. The sun had risen above the eastern buildings but the haze was thick enough that I could stare straight at [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo  ·  trail magic

2008-05-16 City walking

May 16th, 2008

Shoes on at 5am and I was off, slowly. Sunrise by the bridge was pretty. Akashi has built a nice park around the bottom of the bridge (perhaps too noisy for houses) and l enjoyed having it to myself. I walked from Akashi through Kobe and into Osaka. The buildings changed as I went through [...]

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2008-05-15 Hello Honshu

May 15th, 2008

A got a ticket from a police man today, he thought I deserved it so I took is as graciously as I could. But that’s skipping the morning.
It doesn’t take much explaining that the thin inflatable mat I carry is not the most comfortable sleeping surface. I wake every few hours wishing it was morning [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo  ·  trail magic

2008-05-14 The broken line

May 14th, 2008

If I had my GPS on today you’d have seen me running across a normally vehicle-only bridge at speeds of up to 70kph. That was pretty tiring obviously so I had to walk slower the rest of the time. Luckily there were no big hills to go over because despite two lazy days indoors my [...]

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2008-05-13 Resting in Tokushima

May 13th, 2008

Thanks to the incredible hospitality of Gillian, the JET I met in Kyoto, I have taken two full Zero Days in Tokushima. I should explain that we met in Kyoto and only had brief conversations but she has welcomed me into her apartment and used her day off to drive me between post offices, supermarkets [...]

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2008-05-11 33km in a straight line

May 11th, 2008

I left the thin cotton kimono of the Plaza hotel on the bed and my crumpled “waterproof” clothing in the bin and started the 33km, dead flat, almost straight, walk to Gillian’s place. By the time I saw her apartment block I was limping on each leg. My right knee and left ankle are both [...]

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