One Man Walking

2008-06-15 More walk, less talk

June 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Last night’s site was a very good choice. Soft ground and no condensation, it was quiet apart from the occasional pheasant or rabbit wandering by. It got light at 4am but I stayed put for a while after that. Eventually moving on to spend time and battery power trying to call home only to find out Dad wasn’t there and it’s not actually Fathers Day. Maybe NZ is different to everywhere else, I’m sure it was this weekend last year.

Not much else happened really. I read about Ashioto’s (Chris’) time in Shikoku. I can sympathise with a lot of those feelings but we are having very different journeys. Sometimes I envy his adventure. Staying in places longer, seeing more rural stuff. But I’m too afraid of winter to travel any slower so I’ll have to come back and take my time after the walking is done with.

This afternoon I’ve veered off the main highway and noticed the difference immediately. The valley is once again filled with strange chimes at 5pm and I found an awesome secret shrine up a steep stone staircase. I wanted to sleep right there but carried on and got closer to my goal. The hills here are gorgeous. The light clouds give even more shades of green to their densely wooded slopes and I’m not missing the plains at all.

Word of the day: midori = green

Distance today: 45 km

Key:
hiking

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