The storm hit early this morning and when two pegs got blown out at 6am my tent collapsed and I figured it was time to leave. The weather improved enough to stow the umbrella and a few hours later I was at Osorezan. On the way I’d been offered a lift by a friendly Japanese [...]
June 21st, 2008
The longest day of the year, the summers solstice, or as PCT hikers call it “Hike Naked Day”. Thru-hikers would often be up in the high Sierras at this point where you don’t see roads or cars for hundreds of miles. I was crossing Muir Pass exactly a year ago. Today though I was a [...]
June 18th, 2008
For most of this morning I thought today was just about the distance. Putting my head down and getting it done. The walk was pleasant. Soon reaching the Tamagawa Dam view point where I charged some things and dried out others. After a while the view of the man-made lake disappeared and with dense forest [...]
June 17th, 2008
I was packed and walking by 4:30am but managed to wisely put those extra daylight hours into resting (and charging my electronics, and working on my tan). I also wasted some by missing tiny little roads that show up on my map but really need to be marked as tracks. The first was described as [...]
June 13th, 2008
Today falls neatly into three parts. First I had to improve the waterproofing on my tent, so I needed silicone gel and stuff to mix/spread it with. Given that the hardware store is within 100m you’d think this would be easy. First we had to talk our way in before the store was officially open. [...]
June 11th, 2008
With no reason to stay I was on the road and heading north well before 5am. The distance seemed to drag on and on and the last few kilometers took forever, but finally I reached the coordinates of Masami’s postcode and called him up. He’s my neighbour’s friend and has been doing the lion’s share [...]
June 10th, 2008
Lesson 1: If a road crew won’t let you through the tunnel, don’t rely on them to know about easy alternate routes. They may insist you get in their truck because that’s what their boss has told them to insist. It does not mean they know the local roads and that an easy road goes [...]
June 9th, 2008
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. Yes I do like to be beside the sea. I’ve just watched sunset over the Sea of Japan and, along with the rest of the day, it has put me in a good mood.
Starting from my dam-side camp I thought the day would remain grey, but [...]
June 7th, 2008
I’ve spent a lot of today with the early signs of mental collapse. It might be fun to read but first some stuff about the locals.
I took an early lunch break outside yet another combini, setting my bag down outside and tidying myself up a bit. The girl at the counter said “hello” rather than [...]
June 6th, 2008
I didn’t sleep well at all. Solid wooden benches and bright lights tend to have that effect on me. The sky was cloudy and it looked like it was still raining further down the valley. I only felt a few drops all day but it felt like it could arrive at any time.
My thighs were [...]