Day 11, Mar 10, Situation Room

I covered 185 kilometers in 9 walking days. My body has gotten used to the hike despite minor aches and pains. I weighed my backpack in Tokyo. It came up to 26 pounds. That was without food and water. I have to admit I was a little nervous since my average training weight was less than 20 pounds. Now it seems manageable.



I am including a GPS track in each day’s walk. You can click on it at the end of the blog to see my trail on Google Map. The tracks make some wacky turns from the to time, but it’s accurate in general.


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Finding a place to stay has been a constant struggle. Looking ahead, there is a stretch of 150-kilometer route with no available lodging in the next week. I have made over 20 calls. The hotels and B&Bs were either full or no longer in existence. Tourism is back in demand. Construction works are here to stay. The infrastructure just cannot keep up the pace.


This called for dramatic change to my plan. I made my way to Kesennuma (氣仙沼) today by train and bus. This town will be my base camp for a while. I will “commute” to walk for 6 days, from 45 kilometers south of here to 40 kilometers north of here. I will miss 50 kilometers of the coastline, where even commuting is not an option. It is not an easy decision, but I have to learn to let go.


Today’s post is simplified. I have to catch a bus to my walk.



Japanese translation by Michiko Owaki    日本語訳:大脇美智子



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