Saturday, March 12, 2011
I survived, phone didn't
Posted by SBS
As more and more videos of the tsunamis come in, I am left absolutely speechless. I hope all of you are safe.
For about 20 seconds there, I wasn’t sure if it was going to keep building and bring everything crashing down. Ended up walking home 40 km. Got lost. Got tired. Slow pace. Took 12 hours.
The walk was absolutely surreal, though.
I figured that the trains would start and I'd hop on one so I started walking along the tracks, but they never started. So, I just kept walking using sky tree as a landmark because my phone got smashed in an inelastic collision with sometime much heavier, leaving me with no GPS. I was against the flow of foot traffic leaving tokyo, which was the only thing flowing because the roads were absolutely jammed. I walked for hours and hours through total gridlock that was backed up into all the side streets. People were even pushing their scooters because the gridlock was too much to weave in and out of. I passed a donki that was open and in the process of selling out of bicycles. Saw a guy on a sport bike come around a corner, jam the throttle for no apparent reason, spin out and lay it down on the pavement, get up nervously half bowing his head at all the people staring at him. That was weird.
I actually at some point found my self scanning all the bikes along my route for one that was unlocked. If I'd found one, I would have had a bit of a dilemma, but (un)fortunately, none were... um... available.