One Man Walking
Entries from June 2008

2008-06-10 Three lessons

June 10th, 2008

Lesson 1: If a road crew won’t let you through the tunnel, don’t rely on them to know about easy alternate routes. They may insist you get in their truck because that’s what their boss has told them to insist. It does not mean they know the local roads and that an easy road goes [...]

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2008-06-09 Beside the seaside

June 9th, 2008

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. Yes I do like to be beside the sea. I’ve just watched sunset over the Sea of Japan and, along with the rest of the day, it has put me in a good mood.
 
Starting from my dam-side camp I thought the day would remain grey, but [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo

2008-06-08 Motorbike gangs and mysterious mooing

June 8th, 2008

I’d stopped at a road station to charge my electronics and feed myself when a motorbike club rolled up. They looked as if they’d been swallowed by a label machine with Harley Davidson written on almost every piece of clothing and meaningless english on the rest of them. They staggered towards the food shop with [...]

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2008-06-07 A fractured mind

June 7th, 2008

I’ve spent a lot of today with the early signs of mental collapse. It might be fun to read but first some stuff about the locals.
I took an early lunch break outside yet another combini, setting my bag down outside and tidying myself up a bit. The girl at the counter said “hello” rather than [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo

2008-06-06 Sleep deprived

June 6th, 2008

I didn’t sleep well at all. Solid wooden benches and bright lights tend to have that effect on me. The sky was cloudy and it looked like it was still raining further down the valley. I only felt a few drops all day but it felt like it could arrive at any time.
 
My thighs were [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo  ·  shrine

2008-06-05 Longest day yet

June 5th, 2008

Today I walked further than I ever have before, or ever will again (until I do the Round The Mountain track in one day). I feel pretty good all things considered. My heels feel like they’ve taken a pounding but I’m not limping or creaking. I wonder if it’ll be the same story in the [...]

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2008-06-04 T-1000?

June 4th, 2008

Tonight I sleep about 997km (in a straight line) from Cape Soya, and I’m very pleased about that. Passing the half-time mark a few days ago has given me another reason to evaluate my progress thus far. Tania said of her big walk for Oxfam last year that halfway was really hard. Already in pain, [...]

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Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo  ·  shrine

2008-06-03 Nagano

June 3rd, 2008

I left my solitary confinement and was glad to remove the ear plugs I had worn all night. Recently I’ve been feeling a continuous low frequency hum and stuffing things in my ear canal is unlikely to help. As predicted it had started raining over night and continued all the way to Nagano. By then [...]

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2008-06-02 Halftime

June 2nd, 2008

When I went to sleep last night at Takefumi’s appartment it had been 49 days since I jumped the gate at Cape Sata and started my trek north. All going well 48 days from now I’ll be whooping and hollering at Cape Soya with Tania, my extraordinarily patient girlfriend, beside me. In a straight line [...]

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2008-06-01 Surprise slackpack

June 1st, 2008

Charles and Yuko had planned out breakfast too. While some packed up others cooked. I took over the pancake shift when the primadonna from Birmingham gave up because the mix wasn’t up to scratch. There was also a truck-load of sausages that were eagerly eaten and soon we were heading down the hill.
 
Last night I [...]

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