One Man Walking

2008-06-20 Quiet mountain town

June 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Tonight I am about 42km from where I stayed last night, in a quiet mountain town on the shore of Lake Towada. After more emails and more food I set off from Kazuno at quite a pace. 7:30am is pretty late for me so I was trying to make up for it and trying to take it easy at the same time.

Towada-Hachimantai National Park Maiden Statue 

The road to the rim of the crater that formed Lake Towada is narrow in parts and I was not fond of the number of tour buses going to and from my destination. Not only because of the immediate danger of them veering into the other lane to avoid me, but because it indicated there would be crowds of people milling around at the lake. As I was evaluating one break point a bus pulled in and the guide stepped off. Dressed like Peggy from Edward Scissorhands with a pink air-stewardess’ hat and checked jacket with massive padded shoulders, she ordered everyone off and into the gleeful arms of the proprietor who had come out to welcome the next batch. I kept moving.
Another lake and ice-cream 

Arriving here after 5pm was a good idea. No more busses were arriving and lots were leaving. I meandered through town stopping in an o-ma-san (grandma) shop to buy tomorrow’s snack and find a restaurant. All I’d passed so far had been shut but just around the corner the town was still open. At the Towada Shrine I spoke to a Japanese couple who had lived in Yorkshire for 5 years. The wife said she’d forgotten most of her English but she spoke it as well as any I’ve heard.
Pier in Lake Towada 

Dinner of ramen in a restaurant which was having its carpets redecorated by the vomiting toddler in the corner. The lady in charge said she didn’t mind, and I would have too but I wasn’t spoken too. I guess my smell was worse than the child’s. My clothes still look bright and clean but I’ve done a marathon in them and the sweat my bag has absorbed can’t be washed out.
Sunset over Lake Towada 

Word of the day: byo-ki no = sick

Distance today: 45.5 km

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caitlin // Jun 23, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    it’s weird and disconcerting to see you looking clean, well-shaved and with a decent haircut. : )

    it’s always strange to think “where was i a year ago?” and have the answer be somewhere on the PCT. those were some good times… i’m definitely going to tag along on your JMT trip if it happens while i’m around, so be prepared. i’m also thinking about going back someday soon and finishing the PCT, or maybe even starting over and doing the whole thing again, so if you’re looking for some hiking, let me know.

  • 2 Denis // Jun 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    If you think that’s disconcerting have a look at the movie for 2008-06-21 (Which as PCTers know is Hike n……..)

  • 3 Craig // Jun 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Yeah sometimes I don’t recognise myself after I’ve been inside for a night. My face feels weird when it’s not grimy and bristly

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