( this is being written 12 hours after the datestamp )
Arrived home last night at 22:05, super sluggish, barely able to drag self up and down the stairs. The first few times I went down, I walked backwards because my legs could not handle going forward down the stairs.
So so grateful for Lin joining me and sorting out the luggage issue.
Here was the plan for the day… we pretty much stuck to it as there was not a lot of detail. We left Rinko park 50 minutes later than I had kinda planned in my mind, and it was time well-spent with people chilling and hanging out.
Shraddhan joined Lin and I for a significant portion of the walk.. 3 hours I think. Super great to talk to him and see him and Lin chatting as I struggled with gear or walking.
Also great that Lin drives the route a lot so knew exactly how to get home. All in all a 10/10 day!
As part of the kickoff event, I will lead a walking meditation in Rinko Park.
This picture is from when we said bye to Clare and Yuumi.
See how the bag looks all crushed and tired?
For my computer’s safety I had it up at the top of the bag so it wouldn’t get crushed, but it was causing the bag to pull the handle as if to collapse the cart.
Lin had an excellent idea of getting a box to hold most of the heavy stuff, i.e. computer and two blank book diaries.
We bought this box at a home center, with the idea that if it doesn’t work then can use it in her office. It worked well enough for a while but the lid kept getting crushed under the weight of the bag and presumably putting pressure on the computer inside the box.
Now, it looks like we’ve solved it by going to a heavier duty home center and getting a heavier duty box.
Super thanks to Lin for knowing that that was a heavier duty home center and would have the stuff we need.
Great to chat with Missy while Lin and I pulled together the items on my packing list. Over about 4 or 5 hours it basically all came together, with some items not making the cut: wet wipes, keyboard, solar panel.
Lin headed to sleep around 12:30am and I fell asleep on the couch for about 30 minutes before taking a shower around 1:30am.
Now it’s 2:50am and I’m in bed planning to wake up in 4 hours or so. Lin and I will arrive at Rinko Park at 9am for walking meditation, then walk home 21km together.
Feeling tired, happy, optimistic.
These are maps of each segment, subject to change. For the latest info, PM me on LINE.
I will walk from my house to Yomiuriland, possibly via 百合ヶ丘駅 or just go a more direct route.
👉🏿 Let’s enjoy riding roller coasters in Yomiuriland!
👉🏿 Anyone want to try the bungee? It’s not that tall!
It will probably be dark by the time we leave Yomiuriland,
so I doubt we will be able to see much near Tama River.
But we’ll cross Tama River and then walk a bit to Chuokan Hotel.
Including ~1 hour at the Sewerage Museum
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Plan to hang out in Totoro’s Forest for about an hour until 10am.
Eat lunch until 12:45pm
~45 minutes Walking Meditation in Sayama Inariyama Prefectural Park until 15:15pm
See the zoo for an hour until 17:45pm
Chill at hot spring for an hour until 19:30
Along the way:
Hang out until 14:30pm at Kezoji Park
Will turn left at Planet Restroom and Restaurant Planet (closed)
Will likely visit 上州たかやま 田んぼアート (field art) for photos!
Including through a tunnel with a narrow sidewalk..
Will pass Meigetsu Orchards
Will pass 7-Eleven Minakami Fuse Shop
Oh nooo the Bungy jump location seems to be closed April 27th!!
Will not use:
You may notice there is another tunnel looking thing, but it has a sidewalk next to it.
There is a tunnel on Highway 17
just north of Lodge Montoze,
through which I cannot safely walk
because there are no sidewalks.
One of my skiing friends said there will likely be very few skiers by this date, so I can likely use the ski slopes to the west of the tunnel, possibly using Tashiro Ropeway. I prefer walking if possible, but we shall see exactly what is possible!
(*) Note: dates are subject to change! For the latest info, PM me on LINE.
Part 4 coming early next week!