One Man Walking
Entries from June 2008

2008-06-30 Lost with the beasties

June 30th, 2008

Throughout the night I heard footsteps nearby as Okura-san continued his rounds, checking everything was still safe. Somehow I managed to sleep through the time he got close enough to leave a note on my tent peg.
“Ganbare!! Gureisu!! by your friend Kura”
Which I think translates as “Do well Craig!!”
Three more police stops on the way [...]

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2008-06-29 Men in Blue

June 29th, 2008

The seventh, and presumably last, time I spoke to police today was definitely the best. It’s a shame we live in a world where the gathering of eight elected leaders of big important countries means throwing a security blanket over every road within 50km. The first group seemed more like traffic cops and I hardly [...]

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2008-06-28 Rinse and repeat

June 28th, 2008

It took a long time for today to get interesting. I walked north on dead flat roads for most of 30km, trying hard not to breathe around the rotting fishing nets and discarded shellfish. The scenery was nice enough but nothing to write home about really. Up into the hills and the road curved eastward. [...]

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2008-06-27 A few differences

June 27th, 2008

I’ve spotted a few things that are different on this most northernly island and I thought I’d share them with you. The convenience stores all have Snickers. Since the only other energy-bar type thing I’ve found is SoyJoy (very tasty but not enough in it) the presence of Snickers is a great thing. Some of [...]

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2008-06-26 Oniushi Park

June 26th, 2008

Hakodate seemed like a really interesting place. As one of the first Japanese ports to open to the outside world it’s been heavily influenced by that trade. In the ‘Western’ area (not actually at the west end of town) the streets were wide like American ones and the houses seemed different. The map showed lots [...]

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2008-06-25 Hellooooo Hokkaido

June 25th, 2008

This post could also have been called “Under suspicion” or “Dinning in eternal Christmas” for reasons that will become clear later.
All morning, and I start early, I watched Hokkaido come out of the haze as I approached Honshu’s northernmost town of Oma. As I cleared the last hill I saw the morning ferry leave and [...]

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2008-06-24 A bus-load of friends

June 24th, 2008

The storm hit early this morning and when two pegs got blown out at 6am my tent collapsed and I figured it was time to leave. The weather improved enough to stow the umbrella and a few hours later I was at Osorezan. On the way I’d been offered a lift by a friendly Japanese [...]

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2008-06-23 Still stealthy

June 23rd, 2008

Throughout the day I’ve talked myself into and out of paying for accommodation tonight. The forecast for tomorrow says “chance of rain: 100%”, but I can’t go hotel hopping all the way to Soya.
As I turned in my key for last night’s room the hotel manageress offered me a free breakfast, so obviously I [...]

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2008-06-22 Just mileage

June 22nd, 2008

It started raining last night as I ate my pot noodle and it has only briefly paused since then. Sometimes it was so feeble that I put my umbrella away. I just trudged north until I reached the start of the Shimokita Peninsula, the northern area of Honshu that looks like an old axe, and [...]

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2008-06-21 Summer Solstice

June 21st, 2008

The longest day of the year, the summers solstice, or as PCT hikers call it “Hike Naked Day”. Thru-hikers would often be up in the high Sierras at this point where you don’t see roads or cars for hundreds of miles. I was crossing Muir Pass exactly a year ago. Today though I was a [...]

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