One Man Walking

2008-07-04 One after another

July 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Multiple failures of fairly critical items have plagued my day. My shoes have been wearing out for a while. The lop-sided heels show I’ve been waking in pavement for too long and dragging my feet most of that time. I had to buy new headphones in Sapporo because my old iPod ones were only playing in one ear. My shirt, the one I was just telling Richard about as being tough, is ripping apart on the shoulder and my sewing skills are not up to patching it. The best link I have to the outside world, the N810 I am typing on right now, is starting to act weirdly and I don’t know if it’ll make it to the end. But the failure that really bothers me is the broken tent peg. I’m no ultra-light backpacker but I don’t carry a spare one so I’ll have to improvise my way across Hokkaido.

I left my last organised town stop later than planned because of the N810 problems. Richard and Masako have been great hosts and I learned a lot about getting a life beyond teaching. He’s made the transition into IT and knows the country and culture better than any non-Japanese I’ve met. Staying with them I got a day touring Sapporo and a day inside letting my feet relax before the final push. I needed that.

Walking was tough. Mentally tough. For the next two weeks I’ll be alone and trying to resist hitching my way to Wakkanai. Even at this late stage, with 12 weeks gone and only 2 to go, I want to give up. The weather certainly didn’t help. It was a single shade of grey until 4pm when a light drizzle became a downpour and a few lightning strikes had me considering finding a hotel. In the end I’ve tented near the road after failing to find the path to the hill-top observation tower a passing American JET recommended. I had a number of other options but I came here and broke my tent peg instead. Awesome.

Word of the day: Ko-wa-re-ta = broken

Distance today: 46 km

Key:
hiking

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Johan // Jul 6, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Hey Craig just check the weather for your area, weather should be little better from Tuesday. Craig San, Ganbatte kudasai!

  • 2 Alison // Jul 6, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    It is countdown to Wakkanai and the last stage in good company.

    What wonderful hosts Richard and Masuko have been, giving you an insight into living in Japan.

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