One Man Walking
Entries from May 2008

2008-05-10 Soaked to the bone

May 10th, 2008

It rained all day. I walked a silly distance and for a long time I was planning to walk until midnight just to reach the safety of Gillian’s apartment. The Dri-Ducks (water proof trousers and jacket) that Potential 178 gave me last year have seen better days. They leak slowly but with 10 hours on [...]

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2008-05-09 All along the ridgeline

May 9th, 2008

If I wasn’t already awake the dawn chorus would have done it. I could pick out six separate songs above the general chatter of the other birds. The sky was pale grey but held no imminent threat of rain so I set off up the trail. And when I say up I mean the most [...]

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2008-05-08 And up again

May 8th, 2008

I left the school grounds early and headed east. Where 439 branched off I sighed at the 18km I had until the pass. It took me all morning and wasn’t particularly interesting.
At the one-room coffee house at the pass I got the owner to confirm there was a trail leading to a pass that features [...]

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2008-05-07 In the valley

May 7th, 2008

This morning’s walk was long and slow. Plodding along beside the growing river that became a lake above the dam. The hills are all covered in greenery. It wasn’t until I visited Egypt that I really appreciated how fertile New Zealand, and now Japan, really is. I think this is from “Bilbo’s song”
in every hill, [...]

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2008-05-06 Crest is best

May 6th, 2008

Leaving Shirasa minshuku was a good experience. Not because I wanted to go elsewhere but because the staff came right out to the road to say goodbye. We goofed around getting photos and one lady asked if it was ok to upload to the web. I agreed and gave her my hiker card with this [...]

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2008-05-05 W.I.E.R.D.

May 5th, 2008

I can hear it roaring up the hill towards me. Rushing through the bamboo. I brace for impact as the mighty wind shakes my nylon house and the rain falls inside. I’ve been watching the puddles form on the roof for a while and can see where my seams are not sealed. Outside the tempest [...]

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2008-05-04 To the hills!

May 4th, 2008

I’ve had a glorious day climbing Ishizuchi-san and I wish some of you could have been here to enjoy it with me. Maybe you wouldn’t have liked the 5:30am start, or the 1400m vertical gain, but you could have driven most of it like everyone else did and still gotten the views.

I’m so happy [...]

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2008-05-03 Patience is a virtue

May 3rd, 2008

I know that for a long distance hiker, or really anyone over the age of 8, I am a pretty impatient person. So you’ll be surprised to find out that since I put my bag down shortly before 2pm I haven’t picked it back up again despite being within 7km of the summit of Ishizuchi [...]

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2008-05-02 The one day henro

May 2nd, 2008

I spent the day as a pilgrim on the henro trail. It was a rewarding mix of roads, steep trails and fascinating temples. My first human interaction came from the little old shop lady who brought me a cup of tea. The second from a car-pilgrim who, dressed in white and with his kasa (straw [...]

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2008-05-01 Faith restored

May 1st, 2008

The plan worked and no-one asked me to leave. I snuck out at 6:30am and hit the road. East again, it’ll be the same right across Shikoku. More long tunnels, more busy roads. I generally didn’t enjoy this morning but I did get a lot of eating done. I even found a proper pint of [...]

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