One Man Walking
Entries from July 2008

2008-07-13 Barabara

July 13th, 2008

The most interesting part of today was not that I’ve been rained on for the seventh day running. It’s not that I considered this a ’short’ day at only 38km nor that I’ve got shin-splints and the other shoulder of my favourite hiking shirt is starting to rip. Staying at Nayoro road station was interesting, [...]

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hiking  ·  onsen  ·  photo  ·  trail magic

2008-07-12 Road station hop

July 12th, 2008

From the road station called Toma at Pippu I walked 12 hours north to one near the town of Nayoro. I saw four small shrines, notable because Hokkaido doesn’t have as many as the other islands since it only became part of Japan relatively recently.
I think someone offered me a lift today, or they [...]

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2008-07-11 Rain day

July 11th, 2008

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), [...]

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2008-07-10 Sign Language

July 10th, 2008

When pointing out one’s self in a conversation, for example “I am going to buy this”, the Japanese point to their faces, or more exactly their noses, while westerners point to their chests.
A long and winding descent from Asahidake Onsen this morning. The weather was good and I briefly considered taking the cable-car back up [...]

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2008-07-09 And down again

July 9th, 2008

Last night’s last arrival was the first riser this morning, and his tent was next to mine. For two hours starting not long after 2am I heard him stomp back and forth across the flattened earth, echoing through my tent as if we were on a metal plate. He cooked, he brushed his teeth, he [...]

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hiking  ·  movie  ·  onsen  ·  photo

2008-07-08 Between the clouds

July 8th, 2008

I’ve seen a lot of good scenery. I lived amongst it for 5 months last year and I’ve just discovered another truly awe-inspiring place.
It rained in the night and I wasn’t looking forward to the first few hours of pushing through wet bamboo and pine brush. Isoda cheered me up by giving me one of [...]

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2008-07-07 An audience

July 7th, 2008

I thought I’d be the first up the hill today but a bus-load of keen and young-at-heart hikers were dropped off at 4am and soon got going. I was 30mins behind them until I got confused at the first sign. One way was to a mountain I didn’t want, the other to one I didn’t [...]

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2008-07-06 Siesta

July 6th, 2008

I’m in the car park of Tokachi-dake Onsen roughly 1,000m above where I started today. I became a brief talking point when I met three girls leaving the onsen building and was polite enough to stand back and let them pass by saying “dozo” in the Japanese way. I was having trouble talking because of [...]

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hiking  ·  onsen  ·  photo

2008-07-05 Water alert

July 5th, 2008

On the PCT, if you’re carrying the Data Book and reading ahead, you are able to tell when a waterless stretch of trail is coming and make sure you’re carrying enough to get through. I don’t have that luxury here and thus I walked about 40km on less than 1.5L, and it was hot. Luckily [...]

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2008-07-04 One after another

July 4th, 2008

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 [...]

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