TAWAU: A lone Japanese man journeyed from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau on foot in 13 days.
52-year-old Tadashi Nagase from Izumo City, located some 300 kilometer from Osaka, Japan, cited friendly villagers he met along the route he took on the 512 kilometer journey.
'Once I was caught in a bad weather but I managed to find an empty hut and kind villagers nearby permitted me to use it as my shelter for the evening', he said when met at a HASH dinner held by YB Jimmy Wong, State Assemblyman for Sri Tanjong on Saturday evening.
But the trip was nothing compared to the long list of countries he had visited and walked since 1975 at the young age of 19 - he had walked for nearly 45,000 kilometers until today!
Tadashi claimed to have traveled to exotic places such as the Sahara and Kalahari deserts, Andes mountain range, the Australian desert and Amazon rainforest along with many other countries.
On all his trips, Tadashi pulled a two-wheels trolley filled with needed essentials such as water and food, with the heaviest weight estimated to be at around 150 kilograms depending on the trip's requirements.
'Water is the heaviest substance I had in my trolley, especially when I had to walk through deserts', he explained.
Asked on his future trip upon his return to Japan, Tadashi said that he loves forests and deserts and may plan such walks in future but has no plans at the moment.
Tadashi said his wife is very supportive of his endeavor.
'She always said go and walk when I plan my next walk', Tadashi said, adding that he made his living by giving talks on his trips and had written nine books over the numerous journeys he had undertaken.
Tadashi has two sons who had traveled to China, North Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Indonesia, South India, Philippine, Mongolia and Malaysia.
(Article is taken from NewSabahTimes)