A cardboard box is versatile. For me, this single cardboard box helped me cross Japan from Fukuoka to Tokyo, over 1000 kilometers. While hitchhiking I gained an immense appreciation for strangers generosity and also a unique view into the lives of my Japanese hosts. I looked forward to every day of hitchhiking. It brought new challenges and was never a dull moment. The key to a successful trip is ironic. You should create a strategy, but at the same time you need to be flexible enough to allow your plans to be completely destroyed and reshaped. It's a practice in immense patience and openness. Next time you see a thumb up on the road consider picking them up. Who knows what you'll learn in the process. . . . #FukuokaToTokyo#japan#travel#backpacking#hitchhiking#hitchhikingstories#hitchhikingtrip#travel#backpacking#traveltips
A steep forested mountainside appears for a moment as the mornings rain stops and clouds form. The Japanese Alps are not only spectacular but they also have a magical quality which was very special to experience.
We've been treating ourselves to a proper rest since our ride across Japan but now I'm missing the ride/eat/sleep way of life. Just looking over some stats and we pedalled 25,000 metres in elevation which is nearly 3 times the height of Mt. Everest! @paigeosullivan10 here climbing one of the toughest but most rewarding climbs up the Etchu-Nishi Highway from the famous world heritage Shirakawa-go village, oh yes sir.
What a last ride @paigeosullivan10 and I had on our cycle across Japan! Blazing sunshine, strong tailwinds and 100km of bike paths we managed to find our way into almost impenetrable Tokyo. The sun set over the high rise buildings and after a few km's of tired, slightly anxious navigation we finally made it to the centre and more importantly our beds.
We have made it to Nagano. It would be so easy to spend a week here with all there is to do, but sadly we only have the one day. So we chose to spend it with the Japanese macaques! They are the only monkeys in the world to live this far north. They love the onsens just as much as me! 🐒♨️🏞️🗾