After the rain ...


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 15


Monday 26.08.13     78 km


The rain has stopped several times in the night, but has started again everytime. Now it seems it's over. It's 5.30am and activity in the site. A bird with a moaning sound can be heard. It  sounds big.

SO slowly I eat breakfast and pack my things.

                            Morning at Lake Masshuro

I put on my dry long trousers and a dry t-shirt. The yougurt is not a pleasant surprise. It's no yougurt but a slightly slimy blueberry gelee I've bought. An elderly man comes and opens a shed. It contains garbage. I get rid of mine. Is it for not attracting bears that there are no garbage containers?

Somebody opened the info, but none is to be seen. So I leave without paying. Soon a light drizzle that comes and goes. I go in the wrong direction when I get to the main road. I noticed yesterday that I had to go all the way back to Tashikaga. But this morning it seem most unlikely - until I looked at the map. That was extra 8 km....

Now it's noon I've been back to shop. I'm sitting with my feet in the hot water here at the road  station Mashu. Last time must have been yesterday... it seems ages...

 My feet enjoys the hot water at the Road Station once more

Had to change to the wet shorts ealier. So that I still have (almost) dry trousers. That wasn't pleasant! The wheather has changed. A bit of sun from time to time. Ecept the shoes that are being dried in the sun, I feel dry.

In my new map it's called Akan Crossing, so some kind of pass it must be, it can also be seen from slopes in the map.
It's 41 km to Akan, but thatn it should incline for 24 km - at least - I didn't dream of.

The road inclines quickly. My meter has stopped working from this morning, so I can't keep track of things like I'm used to. But there are signs telling how far it is to where I'm coming from. Last time it said 18 km - then they stopped.

          You can always need some help from above

Nevertheless I cross without too much rain. Some road works make nice breaks. Now I'm in the tent at a camp site, which I knew should be there. And eat some soft cakes with honey I bought in 7-eleven. The ainu show has started at the other side of the road. The ainu's were the first people in Hokkaido. I hear the speaker and somrtimes an autoharp...? This "town" Akan-ko Spa is one long parade of souvenir shops and hotels and restaurants. And 2 Lawsons, a 7-eleven and a Seicomart. Plus the
camp site. The museum I had decided to visit tomorrow is closed on - tuesdays! In stead I'll go on  a cruise on the lake where the famous algea balls live. Marimo - that's it's nickname.