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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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2008-07-03 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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2008-06-29 Men in Blue

June 29th, 2008

The seventh, and presumably last, time I spoke to police today was definitely the best. It’s a shame we live in a world where the gathering of eight elected leaders of big important countries means throwing a security blanket over every road within 50km. The first group seemed more like traffic cops and I hardly [...]

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2008-06-28 Rinse and repeat

June 28th, 2008

It took a long time for today to get interesting. I walked north on dead flat roads for most of 30km, trying hard not to breathe around the rotting fishing nets and discarded shellfish. The scenery was nice enough but nothing to write home about really. Up into the hills and the road curved eastward. [...]

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2008-06-27 A few differences

June 27th, 2008

I’ve spotted a few things that are different on this most northernly island and I thought I’d share them with you. The convenience stores all have Snickers. Since the only other energy-bar type thing I’ve found is SoyJoy (very tasty but not enough in it) the presence of Snickers is a great thing. Some of [...]

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2008-06-25 Hellooooo Hokkaido

June 25th, 2008

This post could also have been called “Under suspicion” or “Dinning in eternal Christmas” for reasons that will become clear later.
All morning, and I start early, I watched Hokkaido come out of the haze as I approached Honshu’s northernmost town of Oma. As I cleared the last hill I saw the morning ferry leave and [...]

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2008-06-24 A bus-load of friends

June 24th, 2008

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 [...]

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