One Man Walking

2008-07-15 Counting down

July 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The town of Nakagawa was still asleep when I passed through just before 5am. There were clouds still sitting on the low hills that create this valley but the sky was starting to clear. For 10 hours I walked without taking a break. There was nowhere but the roadside to sit and I had no food to enjoy while resting. The fields here are a rich green and dotted with round hay bales, some of which were being moved about on trailers, or sampled by cows.

Digger Art 

There were occasional signs for settlements I didn’t notice. Presumably they related to the next five farm buildings because everywhere has to be part of somewhere. The shiny red barns and silos seem so out of place in Japan but then Hokkaido is known for being un-Japanese. Perhaps it’s the wide open space and lack of Japanese-style plants.
town motifs 

The sky really did clear today, so much so I had to roll my sleeves back down to avoid sunburn. If you’ve grown tired of reading my rain reports, imagine how tired I am of dealing with it.
Lady Farm? 

10 hours without pause is a long time to do anything. I’ve been breaking up my day into two-hour segments and using those change-overs to start another track on my iPod. Be they podcasts, audio books or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio shows, these audio delights take me to another time and place where the ever-present sound of footfall and traffic don’t bother me. And the reality of 50km on 1 litre of water and a packet of few peppermints can be forgotten, or at least put on hold.
Passing 45 degrees 

Tonight I’ve claimed a space on the edge of a field with a great view of Mount Rishiri (or is it Rishiri Island? Or both?). The sun has set and I may see stars for the first time in quite a while. My last night in a tent. Tomorrow is my last night alone, then it’s my last day without completing the walk, then it’s my last day of walking!
Mount Rishiri 

Word of the day: ni = two (also means other things, strangely including “to”)

Distance today: 59 km

Key:
hiking  ·  photo

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lighthiker // Jul 16, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Keep on walking Craig! I can imagine you want to get it done but maybe a week after finish you start missing it…

  • 2 Mountaingoat // Jul 16, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Good on you, Craig. Enjoy your last few days of freedom and relative solitude.

  • 3 Johan // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Hey Craig I am guessing by now the walk is over. Its been great walking with ya (even though you did all the walking). What will you do now? Swim back to Auckland? LOL

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