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Entries Tagged as 'pre-hike'

003 – Nooks and crannies

April 3rd, 2008

Our all-night revelers staggered in this morning. Stinking of last night’s fun. It was 9am when Lorraine and I packed up but we were good enough to do it in the dark with the curtains of our basement room still drawn. Nakamise-dori was full of activity as we headed to the station. Yesterday, at a [...]

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002 – Tokyo on foot

April 2nd, 2008

Still a bit out of sync with the local time I was the first in the room to wake. I wandered the halls for a while, feeling that with the sun up we were losing time. For what I didn’t know, but the need for activity was nagging at me.
We started off with Nakamise Dori, [...]

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001 – Landed

April 1st, 2008

I am at last in Tokyo. It’s been a long day so I’m keeping this short. The flight was uneventful, the landing was rough and the trains were remarkably easy. As Lorraine and I stood on corners, trying to stay out of the tide of businessmen, stangers would approach and tell us how to find [...]

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Phase one complete

April 1st, 2008

   4 hours until I set off for the airport, another 4 hours after that I’ll be airborne and the planning phase will truly be over. I should probably send a shout out to a few people for their special efforts in getting me this far. Paul B. hasn’t just been helping me solder wires and [...]

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Action stations!

March 31st, 2008

   Just under 19 hours until wheels up and my room is still a tip. I’ve successfully left The Green Pub for the third and final time. When going to Europe and America I have assumed the flat my friends and I have shared since 2001 would still be there when I returned. But this time [...]

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6 pairs of shoes

March 25th, 2008

   Thanks to my good friend Levi and his US postal address I now own six pairs of Montrail shoes. I guess he actually owns them because he paid for them since, like many US-centric businesses, Montrail declined my credit card. Come one people. You bill Visa, Visa bills me. It doesn’t matter that I live [...]

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Great South Road & Tent

March 17th, 2008

   I have been very slack in physical preparation for this walk. Last year I was running a few kms every day and spending the rest of the hour in the gym at work. This year I’ve been walking to and from work regularly (not anymore, today was my first weekday off!) but hiking has been [...]

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Happily Unemployed

March 16th, 2008

   A long, long time ago, in Washington state (which is far, far away), I talked to Rigatoni and Angelhair (collectively known as The Noodleheads) about what they “do”. It was them that instilled in me the belief that what one does for a job should not define you. Sure, that’s what you do for money [...]

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Round The Mountain (most of)

March 10th, 2008

The lack of updates here has unfortunately not been because of an increase in my training schedule, though it really should have been. While Chris has been posting at a prolific rate I have been sidetracked by work and the impending departure from my life in New Zealand. I have a few [...]

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Taupo Relay & Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway

February 23rd, 2008

It appears that 5 months of relatively sedate living has wasted all that excessive exercise from last year. I realised this as I ran up the first hill leaving Taupo at 2am last Saturday. I still had 14km and a few more hills ahead of me so I kept on pushing. It’s a nice time of [...]

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