Summer’s here, and it’s time to hit the road★.
I first read Jack Kerouac’s★ On the Road in my first year at university. I’d just moved from the wide brown landscapes of my hometown in western New South Wales to the wet, green suburbs of Melbourne, and Kerouac’s novel awoke in me a desire to travel to some of the more isolated areas of the country. That summer vacation, along with two friends from the university rugby club, I took a road trip from Melbourne, though the bush and desert, all the way the Darwin in the far north of Australia and back again – around 8,000 km!
Since that time, I’ve always associated★ summer with★ travel: not a few days at a beach resort in Thailand, but long-distance road trips through the countryside, getting a firsthand★ look at rural life and roughing it a bit.
Real road trips, however, take time and these days work seems to take up★ so much of our lives, that for most of us it’s not that easy to get away for 2 or 3 weeks or more. Still, I’ve found that rural Hokkaido provides a great opportunity to hit the road, even for those with limited time. Last year, I was able to travel from Sapporo to Obihiro, and from there up to Mombetsu, Wakkanai and back down to Sapporo. The whole trip only took 5 days, but the varied scenery and multitude of small country roads to travel made it a real adventure.
This summer I hope to get time for a similar trip, maybe to the Shiretoko area. It’s great to get out of the city and the crowds, and follow a road you’ve never been on before to a destination you have never visited. I guess it’s even more exciting doing it in another country . . . so if you have time this summer, why not make the most of your chance and get on the road?
★hit the road
例えば、 "I associate reindeer with Christmas."で、「トナカイと言えばクリスマスを思い出す」となります。