One Man Walking

2008-07-18 The End

July 18th, 2008 · 16 Comments

More grey skies this morning, but the rain held off. With fresh supplies from the nearest Seicomart convenience store (of which Wakkanai probably has 200), Tania and I started the 30km walk north east along the coast to Cape Soya. The wind was against us the whole way, with shelter provided in the half-dozen small townlets hanging on to the shore. This is a tough place to live. Wakkanai’s average temperature is just 7 degrees. Today pushed the mercury up to 9 so it may have been considered warm by some. Not by me though. The wind kept howling, the noses kept running but, as I yelled into one particularly tough gust
“You can’t stop me!”

drowned sign   almost there 

And so it was that after 95 days and 6 hours I reached Japan’s most northerly point. The monument itself was nice, busy with windswept tourists, all Japanese. East of there, and out of sight from our long approach was a cluster of commercial buildings, gift shops, petrol stations, ramen shops and more. Tacky is the best word for it, but it was no different to anywhere else that people come to view something deemed important.
Summit Photo 

So now I’m done. Tomorrow I can dress in denim and cotton, buy heavy food, drink alcohol if I choose and generally return to modern life. It’s not going to be as dramatic as leaving the PCT that’s for sure. I’ve been near society here almost all the way. With Tania at my side we’re off for some sightseeing and birthday relaxing. The daily updates will stop but I’ll post when I can with new stories and photos. The difference being I am no longer just one man, and I am no longer walking.

Word of the day: WWWHHHHHOOOOOOHHHOOOOOOOO!

Distance today: 31.5 km

Key:
hiking  ·  movie  ·  photo

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alison // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations Craig on reaching your goal. Great to see that Tania arrived safely and you were able to walk those last kilometres to Soya together.

    Hope your joint birthday celebration tomorrow is a memorable one.

  • 2 Johan // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    walking with Tania, the last 30km was an awesome idea.
    brave dude! you have walked Japan.

  • 3 David St George // Jul 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Nice work, and happy birthday!

  • 4 kyoko // Jul 20, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Congratulations Craig san! you arrived cape soya at last. that’s great!
    I enjoyed your photos.
    It was beautiful and lovely.
    Congratulations and happy birthday!

  • 5 Minh // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:45 am

    congratulation on this amazing achievement. I wish I discovered this site earlier when you started your journey. However, reading your blog makes me want to do such a thing someday.

    =)

  • 6 Mountaingoat // Jul 20, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Brilliant! A great effort. Enjoy your new slower lifestyle, and I hope you can meet up with Chris somewhere.

  • 7 Richard & Masako // Jul 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations on completing your epic journey, and happy birthday to both of you. Looking forward to catching up with you again soon. (Coincidentally, your captcha for entering this comment threw up the word ‘achieved’)

  • 8 Takefumi // Jul 21, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Congratulations Craig !
    I’ve checked your blog frequently.Your website delighted me & put me in mind of my traveling by bicycle.
    Thanks.

  • 9 Jun Ohahi // Jul 21, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Happy birthday to you!
    Congratulations !

  • 10 Charles and Yuko // Jul 21, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations on your amazing achievement Craig. We ve enjoyed watching your progress. Good luck for your future in Japan.

  • 11 Bex // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Well done Craig and Happy Birthday! Best of luck to you and Tania settling into your new lives there. Send me your address when you have one! xxx

  • 12 Levi // Jul 22, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Well done! For the record, I find it difficult to use the phrase “just one man” when describing you and your efforts. I’d personally leave off the “just” since I’d say you’ve certainly passed that mark by a few kilometers.

    All my best, and we hope to have you (both) visit us in Colorado, anytime.

  • 13 Eric Craig // Jul 22, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Great news to hear you have reached your destination – also to know Tania
    joined you on the final walk – Belated
    Birthday wishes to you both- now enjoy
    some sightseeing – today we rec last postcard of your arrival at Cape Soya.

  • 14 ayumi // Jul 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    OMEDETOOOOO! “No longer one man” that’s the biggest feat (^-^). Look forward to seeing you at Fuji, and happy birthday!

  • 15 Chris (i-cjw.com) // Jul 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Congratulations Craig! What a fantastic journey to have completed, truly inspirational. Well done!

  • 16 The Noodleheads // Jul 29, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Congratulations Heaps! We are so proud of you. Thanks for letting all of us peak in to your experience.

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