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Month: June 2014

Wrong Way Round – Day 17

Wrong Way Round – Day 17

Soh-unkyo – Asahikawa (層雲峡 – 旭川) – 89kmIn the Daisetsuzan national park, most of the shop fronts have been specially designed not to clash with their natural surroundings, and include this monochromatically low-key 7-11. At Aibetsu Town the cliffs and waterfalls of Soh-unkyo… …gave way to a wide river valley, and I stumbled across a newly constructed, thirty-kilometre-long cycle path, which allowed me to spend a blissful afternoon away from the traffic, with just the dragonflies and the grasshoppers for…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 24

Wrong Way Round – Day 24

Minato-machi – Hamamasu (港町 – 浜益) 88km At about 2am I got up to go for a pee, only to be confronted with a portly young woman who wore white wellington boots and brandished a mop. As I was standing at the urinal she said a cheerful hello – revealing in the process that most of her front teeth were missing – and went on to tell me how the sinks were often dirty because swimmers and campers would tramp…

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