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Global Convoy Hitchhiking: Day 4

Hitchhiking in Japan

The second failure…

After failing to hitch last night we had to spend another night in the services. We put our failure down to the fact that we looked rather too crazy for the people of Gotemba. The second failure was our inability to wake up… Instead of waking up at 6 as planned we both woke up at 10. On the plus side we both felt very refreshed at least.

Hitchhiking in Japan
Photo by André Correia

Hitching again

We waited in the services for 3 hours, waiting for a kind person to pick us up. Then we met Tagahasi the coach driver! Yes, this gentleman gave us a lift in his coach, with the understanding that he would take us all the way to Osaka. We had struck some luck at last!

hitching on a coach
Photo by André Correia

Or so we thought. Due to some miscommunication, we where left in a very small services in the middle of nowhere. However, Mr Tagahasi did take us another 120km towards our current destination, Osaka and we got to watch a film.

Closer to Osaka

When reached our new home we assessed the situation we had been left in. It appeared we where at a private service station, very small but very cheap inside. We went around getting some food and started again to hitch hike. As usual we positioned ourselves next to motorway entrance or the service area exit.  However, the police had over ideas for us, making us move the motorway in the most friendly way possible, it was almost impossible to take them seriously. Undeterred we tried again, this time from the front of services and finally got picked up by Jizso, the hitchhiking lorry driver. Jizso explained to us how had hitch hiked through Japan and a few other countries, also, that it wasn’t common to see hitch hikers in Japan. This generous man also bought us coffee, nuts and some cigarettes and gave us a lift to Nagoya, another 100km down the road.

André and the Driver
Photo by André Correia, Edited by Richard

A long wait…

We arrived at out 4th services of the trip at 6 o’clock, buzzing from the very high caffeine content in the coffee. This gave much entertainment to the garage opposite, with us dancing and singing. Despite all our efforts, including being given a giant sign for Osaka from the staff at the garage, it was no good. We settled down to wait in darkness, kinda of stupid on our behalf, although we didn’t have much else to do. When we hit 10 o’clock we headed for bed to get some rest for an early start. Yet again camping in a service station.

All in all it was a fairly uneventful day,  in comparison to the previous days, 2 and 3.

One thought on “Global Convoy Hitchhiking: Day 4

  1. Thanks for the blog, Anax, and all your comments. I felt the same way about the definition at 5a, but had to go with the big red book. Sorry 9a didn’t hit the spot for some – it felt to me like a slightly panto-ish phrase, which is how I justified it as a + lit, but that may have been bending things too much.Re 26ac, Mrs Micawber was most gratified to discover the anagram of her first name, so I thought it merited inclusion in a crossword – though of course the surface reading of the clue is entirely fictlonai!Oh, and the teddy bear link was coincidental.

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