…laughs the hardest.
Three months after I reached Cape Soya on foot, the class of ‘08 has doubled as Chris Lynch has finished his walk across Japan too. He hasn’t updated his site yet but I just spoke to him on the phone and he’s already heading back south to Tokyo. It’s cold up there on the northern tip and after 190 days in that tent he deserves a good rest. I last saw him in Beppu when he went north and I crossed over to Shikoku. Since then he’s been taking the smaller back roads and really getting to know the place, like I had planned, while I hit the highways and powered through.
That’s my biggest regret about Japan, just going too fast and not taking enough side trips. It wasn’t supposed to be about breaking any records, it was about discovering Japan. So big-ups to Chris for reaching his goals, physical and mental. I hope we’ll cross paths again, and that we’ll both smell better when we do :-)