(Trip Report is below)
The Morning After
I have found what looks like a good place to camp. No-one can see me from the road and it looks like no-one has been here for a long time.
I'm a bit worried about the timing, though. I won't be able to get back until just on dark because I haven't finished my work yet (but I dragged a heavy trailer all the way here and I AM GOING TO CAMP!!)
I have finally made it back to the campsite after my lesson. My friend Nao is with me (and that is a really big help - I needed his help to set the hammock up and hold the torch for me) The windup torch was a stupid idea, btw. It means I have no hands free when I need to use the torch.
I'm in a hammock with the tarp on back to front... (I hope it doesn't rain!)
Why is the tarp on back to front?
Well... I set the hammock up once the day it arrived (in the middle of a bamboo forest at 5PM with no mosquito repellent) The tarp didn't look right, but I was in a hurry.
The hammock is set up, Nao's gone home and it's starting to rain! I will take my computer and go to bed.
A really big thunderstorm has started! I am still dry inside my hammock, but I'm very cold (so I put on my rain suit and sleep in it) It never gets this cold at this time of year, so I didn't bring a sleeping bag...
I wake up and make tea with my Kelly Kettle and make some breakfast too (pork chops grilled over a fire and then boiled in home made chicken stock - it was a good breakfast :-) ) It's raining very hard and the river is flooded!
Nao came to get me and we went to an onsen (it was very close to my campsite) It was great to have a long, hot soak!!
I pack up my (very wet) camping equipment and Nao puts my bike and my trailer in the back of his 'K-Truck' and takes me part of the way home.
I finally get home. That trailer was too heavy! I had to get off and push up every hill :S
I start hanging everything out to dry all over my apartment...