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Entries Tagged as 'hiking'

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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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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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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2008-07-03 A quick Sapporo zero

July 3rd, 2008

Not much done today, which a good thing because I’ve a long way to go and I needed some recovery time from the last stretch. I’ve plotted a route, guesstimated distances, packed my food and charged all my devices. Everything is set and soon I’ll heading east to the mountains, my last off-roading before racing [...]

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2008-07-02 Touring Sapporo

July 2nd, 2008

First order of the day was getting my Alien Registration Card. At the ward office I presented the forms that showed I tried to do this in Kyoto and Otaya but this caused more trouble. It seems you have to de-register in your old area first before re-registering in your new place. With Richard helping [...]

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2008-07-01 Into Sapporo

July 1st, 2008

For a town day I was pretty slow at breaking camp, but once I was moving I moved fast, pausing only to check emails and buy more food as I went. I skirted around Sapporo itself and eventually came to the house of Richard and Masako Hopkins. Many years ago Richard lived across the road [...]

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2008-06-30 Lost with the beasties

June 30th, 2008

Throughout the night I heard footsteps nearby as Okura-san continued his rounds, checking everything was still safe. Somehow I managed to sleep through the time he got close enough to leave a note on my tent peg.
“Ganbare!! Gureisu!! by your friend Kura”
Which I think translates as “Do well Craig!!”
Three more police stops on the way [...]

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