I’ve not even covered 10km today and until an hour ago nothing had really happened, except the torrential rain.
Here at the Toma road-station I’ve been wasting time all afternoon, writing a list of places Tania and I will go and visit (reader suggestions are welcome, leave a comment or use the ‘Contact Me’ page), writing ideas for computer programs and watching TV for weather reports. This evening as I sat here waiting to unroll my sleeping bag I was approached by Yo. A young guy I may have seen on Asahidake. He’s doing the 100 Famous Mountains and lived in New Zealand for 15 months. Even did the Kepler Track in one day!
Anyway we talked mountains for a while until another fellow joined us. He said he knew someone who walked Soya to Okinawa in 90 days. Needless to say I was pretty deflated, my record attempt had already been beaten. But it later emerged that the Fujisawa-san’s time was just counting walking days, not the rest days he had in town when drinking, recovering from drinking, or selling chopsticks. So maybe I’m still in line for the top spot. Not that it really matters. I didn’t start this for fame and glory, just for an interesting time which I am getting.
Apart from that the only conversation I had was at a newly-opened hotel where I tried to ask the price for one night. The photos of the rooms looked amazing, very stylishly minimalist. Not stark, but pure, simple and inviting. One had a very strange thing I assumed was for drying clothes, until I got the answer about the prices. They were for two hour segments. The man denied it was a “love hotel”, but anywhere renting beds by the hour is not a regular hotel. For the night it was going to be 20,000¥, a fact that took him 10 mins in the other room to calculate and 10 seconds for me reject.
Word of the day: meishi = business card
Distance today: 9 km