06 May 2021, 15:23

Pictures from Day Twenty One

Leaving the hotel this morning around 7am

2021 may 06 miauchi station

Two manhole covers with same design at different sizes. I may have posted a large size version somewhere.

2021 may 06 medium sized cover 2021 may 06 small cover same design

Bicycle wheel themed bicycle parking

2021 may 06 bicycle wheel themed bicycle parking

Went through a tunnel that apparently gets flooded at times.

2021 may 06 water flood depth indicators

Saw a turtle in a river

2021 may 06 red eared slider

turtle without zoom

2021 may 06 red eared slider way down there

Also saw an orange in a river

2021 may 06 orange you floating by

Curious loops on wires a I guess to keep birds off them

2021 may 06 no birds on these wires

Wow I was back there a few days ago..

2021 may 06 mountains still back there

Curious that these huge heavy plates are being held down by a backhoe

2021 may 06 make sure these dont blow away

Brand name

2021 may 06 corona logo on building

06 May 2021, 12:23

Saw Missy's Green Japanese Ratsnake

2021 may 06 François playing dead near ratsnake

Saw a rather large ratsnake I encountered before crossing Kariyata River (map). He was quite chill.

16:30 Monday 17 May 2021 JST

Rambling transcript of story:

Walking around the bend of a highway where the road was terribly rough. And I was wearing sandals because it was so rough. Just about to cross, I couldn’t even see the path where I was headed. And is I was like, I need to, I see the berm of a river. And I need to go over that hill. But I come in around this corner, I can’t see if there is actually a path there to go from this level around the left up to the bridge that’s crossing the river.

So I might have to go away back or I might have to I’m not going to go way back. Let me tell you that. But I might have to like drag or pick up my bag and carry it up this hill. And so just approaching and approaching and finally at the last minute, it’s like okay, there’s a path cool. And getting legs stepping up the path toward the toward the bridge that was there. over the river. Walking, walking, walking, just looking at my feet and my Oh, so tired. Hello. Hello snake. You’re beautiful.

Wow. It’s like Oh, hi snake. beautiful green rat snake. I didn’t know as a rat snake until after I posted a picture up on Reddit. But the answer quick and answer quickly came back. No, that’s a Japanese rat snake is a beautiful species but a beautiful specimen. I was able the rat snake was she was so chill. I was able to put François down in front of him take a picture. Pick François up start a video and then the snake was like I guess I guess we’re done here snake sorta snake and on by.

And I like I wanted to pick it up. And thought it would be more polite to just let it go on its way. And someone said on Reddit and to say just say pardon me when you pick it up. And I kind of sort of think that that’s right. I mean, if it’s an actual in my heart to excuse me, I would like to pick you up. I wonder if it’s okay, but I just had this, you know, kind of reverence for this animal.

And projecting today that it saw me as a giant animal. It was a big snake but I’m a lot bigger than that. And on Reddit, the guy was guessing is two meters long. I guessed it was 130 centimeters long. But yeah, it’s big snake looks pretty cool. In decent size.

So yeah, they’re just there was a cool snake and oh, and then my friend Missy texted me right after that. She’s like, Oh, I just had an amazing experience. And she was telling me about her experience. And so we decided that the snake was a messenger letting me know to contact her because she had just had a had an amazing experience. So that was neat. I put him on YouTube. I called it Missy’s green snake.

05 May 2021, 20:53

Finished Walking Day 20

It’s now nearly 4am Thursday 6 May 2021 (according to my computer). To my feet and legs, it’s early on Walkday. My brain knows it is now Day 21, but this entry is about Day 20:

I did not take many pictures on Day 20, compared to other days. Photographs seem to happen more in the morning, but as I get tireder and tireder from walking, the pictures taper off as I’m like bah, who cares about seeing more flowers that are not really differentiatable from other pics I have taken.

Day 20 things:

  • saw a two car train and tried to take a video but realized later I apparently did not hit record until after the train went by.
  • saw species of little yellow flowers that I had not seen before
  • talked to Brian in Corpus for about an hour while sharing stories of mapping. Very fun talking with him as we have similar senses of humor.
    1. “everything was going fine until I talked to those guys in Corpus”
    1. “here’s your diploma!” after walking through flowerbed on campus
  • almost recorded Joetsu Line shinkansen, albiet far away
  • Surprised to see Doge is up to 77 yen, and has gone up 11000% just in 2021.
  • Installed Folding@Home and signed up for the Doge team https://www.dogecoinfah.com/doc/gettingstarted.html#getstarted on my laptop and on my Vultr server (pinning its CPU to 100% (up from 4% over the past years))
  • Nearly weaned myself off aidungeon.io, helped by the response “The AI doesn’t know what to say. Alter, undo, or try again.”
  • Walked across Shinano River with water pouring through Myokan Weir, a word I did not know the meaning.

Day 20 was:

  • Day Twenty (Wednesday May 5th *) 1 part:
    Walk 13km, From Ojiya Park Hotel To 旅館 竹花屋 (310km walked so far)

Walk 13km from Ojiya Park Hotel to 旅館 竹花屋

05 May 2021, 14:11

favorite pudding at a dairy shop

I was attracted by the restroom sign icon and then realized the shop sells my favorite pudding, so I am Chilling at a dairy shop with 3km left to walk today..

2021 may 04 map of dairy shop location

05 May 2021, 12:31

Amazing water flow at Myokan Weir

Placid Shinanogawa

2021 may 05 upstream from myokan weir

2021 may 05 placid gate of myokan weir

Something happening

2021 may 05 turbulent gate of myokan weir


2021 may 05 wow gate of myokan weir

Vids from Myokan Weir

https://youtu.be/4iMnI-2Ko_Y both sides of bridge

https://youtu.be/AQEsQno2yU4 both sides of thingie

https://youtu.be/t-U0HaStvyU slow motion angle

https://youtu.be/4Pj7W8lbBYU slow motion straight down




2021 may 05 myokan weir gate 5 info


2021 may 05 myokan weir info

Fish stairs

2021 may 05 myokan weir fish stairs

05 May 2021, 08:16

feeling sad this morning

I’m feeling quite sad this morning, possibly because the walk is coming to an end, combined with that I haven’t done a lot of the things that I thought I would do, for example interviews with locals using my audio recorder, or make updates on all the different platforms that I had planned to update, including the crowdfunding campaign site.

Oh, and I haven’t finished all the letters that I told people I would write.

And and there have been some contributions on the crowdfunding site where people have asked for letters or postcards but I can’t figure out how to download them to get those addresses so I’m not sure what to do there.

I was able to figure it out before but my tired brain just couldn’t do it this morning and then I forgot about it before I packed up my computer.

Also sad that my computer seems to have rejected the battery starting over a week ago. Well the computer reports the battery is at 100% it immediately shuts off immediately when I unplug the power adapter.

Fortunately, the computer itself has been working fine when it’s plugged in and I’ve used it to great success in keeping my website pretty much up to date.

The walk today is 15 km so significantly shorter than yesterday, no I’m starting 2 hours later than I did yesterday.

I have a call with my friend in Texas and 45 minutes and then session with a client tonight. It’s wonderful to be able to work while I’m traveling.

04 May 2021, 16:56

and that's how I had pizza tonight

Canak’s Pizza

On my way to the hotel for tonight I walked right by a pizza place but it turned out to be closed.

I searched the area for other pizza places and found one that was kind of near my hotel but the wrong side of the street by like half a kilometer so I was like nah. I ain’t walking way over there just for pizza.

So I bought some of my staple food for this journey and a convenience store and put it into my jacket pockets for consumption at the hotel.

Walking across 信濃川 (Shinano-gawa), I spent some time talking to a sweet old man who spent time telling me about the area and answering questions I had about the landscaping of the river and some of the local shrines.

He gave me two cards from the local shrine, offering one of the two and then offering both after I told him about my anti-suicide campaign of this walk.

After he left, I followed my map to the hotel but couldn’t find it. I walked around to where it seemed to be on the map and suddenly there was a pizza place.

Wow! Why wasn’t this shown on the map before?

I looked down and somehow had fat fingered the map to get myself to the pizza place from before instead of to my hotel.

But a large pizza of which I’ll eat half and save the rest for tomorrow.


Day 19 was

  • Day Nineteen (Tuesday May 4th *) 1 part:
    Walk 19km, From Sudaya Inn To Ojiya Park Hotel (297km walked so far) nearly 75% complete!

Walk 19km from Sudaya Inn to Shinanogawa Kasen Park

2021 may 04 two cards front 2021 may 04 two cards back 2021 may 04 canuks hand made pizza


2021 may 04 François and pizza

04 May 2021, 13:33

walking next to train tracks

Looking back on a nice view as I’m more than halfway done walking today.

I said hello to a guy in Japanese and he replied that he doesn’t speak English. I guess I’m not in Tokyo anymore.

2021 may 03 nice view

04 May 2021, 11:50

blue sheet caught my eye

2021 may 03 blue sheet covers a pit 2021 may 03 back hoes ready to dig 2021 may 03 clay pyramid base

04 May 2021, 10:55

halfway finished Day 19

I’ve made it halfway and my feet have slight injuries like skin worn through and starting to bleed on my left foot. I should probably put on my sandals.

2021 may 03 halfway finished day 19

Here are some pics I took from inside a tunnel

2021 may 03 heading into a tunnel 2021 may 03 i helped clean the sos sign 2021 may 03 big plaque in middle of tunnel 2021 may 03 small plaque in middle of tunnel 2021 may 03 lights not very bright 2021 may 03 lights covered in dirt 2021 may 03 narrow sidewalk in tunnel