Some thoughts before departure...

  • I am still not a vet, doctor, lawyer, dog trainer, cia agent, fbi agent or a navy seal so...walk
  • I am doing this for the challenge of course, and I hope to gain a confidence that comes with this type of endeavor. But also I hope to gain some new knowledge about the world and the truths that reside in it.
  • Am I walking to "find myself"? Or just to take a walk. You decide...and you'll probably be right.
  • I'm not in the best shape of my life, but I do have a lot of new great gear so....
  • After living with my parents the last 2 years, it makes perfect sense to walk 2650 miles - alone.
  • Yes there will be bears, cougars, rattlesnakes and scorpions both imagined and real along the way. I'm definitely more worried about those imagined.
  • Am I scared? Not as of yet, more of just a constantly increasing anticipation. But check back with me on the 3rd night in the desert.
  • I tried to keep my pack fairly light, but I definitely would not call it ultralight. Somehow when I added up all my ultralight gear and put it in my ultralight pack, I ended up with just slightly heavy.
  • My biggest concern for this trip is that I get too hungry somewhere along the way, my brain goes awol as it usually does when I get hungry and subsequently you never hear from me again...I'll try to eat frequently.
  • I am not Christopher McCandless. This is not Into the Wild.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

1,570 calories in 20 minutes

Day 20, Mile 349.4 - Today i got an early start at about 645. Went to put on my shorts this morning and a fairly large spider fell out. It was big enough that i could hear it walking across my Tyvek ground sheet. Maybe i got bit last night, either death or super powers await me, or not. Got into Mcdonalds just before 1030, approx 10 miles later. I do not know who is in charge of how or where this trail goes but i would like to know so i could cuss at them. Today for instance you have a McDonald's stop(good, but not good) and then the next 25 miles are dry and you climb 5000ft in the process. So leaving McDonald's we had to carry enough water for the next 25 miles including dinner water. My body did not appreciate it. We found a cache that was supposedly going to be dry stocked well 5 miles into the second set of 10. It was definitely helpful i just wish i knew about it and i could have forgone the extra weight of 4 liters up to that point. I don't think any of this is making sense. Umm what else w! as i going to say, oh yeah McDonald's was bad. I got two double cheeseburgers a small fry and a 10 piece mcnuggets. I couldn't get through the nuggets and it was probably a good thing cause shortly thereafter i could feel the McDonald's making its way to my brain, i just wanted to go to sleep right there in the booth. I tried to balance it out with two oranges and a banana that was too green. Tomorrow we make it into Wrightwood and hopefully we (still me, Craig and Gina) can or i can find a trail angel to sleep at their house and do laundry. I also need to launder myself, this might be the dirtiest i have ever been in my life, still don't look as dirty as some of the other people out here though. Sleeping on a gap tonight, got what i think is Hesperia on one side and what i think is Mt. Baldy on the other not sure about either though. Moon is almost too bright to sleep under as it was last night too. Have not been using my tent, but kind of wishing i had a free standing one to us! e. New tent, new sleeping bag before the sierras maybe; my budget is shot for this trip. Anyway its still an adventure everyday- i gotta turn my headlamp off now its attracting too many winged insects. Thought of the day; a culinary creation where a very spicy meat dish is served almost freezing cold, couldn't think of a name for it but icy-hot is definitely out. Song of the day; "this is the song that doesn't end" from Lambchop that old TV show, except i changed "song "to "climb" cause it seemed more applicable.

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

christina.kelada said...

Hey jess..I just want you to know that I 've been checking your blog and reading along. I miss our random banter over aim. I totally thought of you recently.

I went back to Kuwait for a week for shits and giggles. And a friend of my mine basically surprised me and took me to the range there.I shot a hornet riffle and 40mm....felt way different.

Anyways, I am still so impressed by your will/drive and this journey you chose take. Not to mention how well updated your blog is! Anyways, keep trekking my friend... can't wait to see ya some day... somewhere!God Bless

<3, Christina