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.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

All's Well That Ends Well

Day 11, Mile 209.6I - Woke up this morning and after half freezing my ass off last night i had my old resolve back. Funny how that works, feeling weak and now strong again. Hiked in snow most of the morning until about 10:30am then it was a downhill from about 7400ft to 1360 at interstate ten in 20 miles. Had my longest day yet in terms of mileage with just over 25 miles today. Made pretty good time too, started at 7:30am and hit the 10 at 6:40pm. Bob picked me up soon thereafter and i got taken to his house and treated like a king- but I'm getting ahead of myself. A bunch of people miscalculated water today, myself included. I was down to a liter left with 10 miles to go before the next source. The Michigan girl was with me again today and she had completely run out by then. So i felt bad and gave her about 8oz of water, hoping that in helping her out i was not endangering myself for the trail ahead. I barely made it, i had to set my alarm on my watch and take sips every half hour to try and make it last, which it almost did. I had to leave the Michigan girl and some other people who were hurting for water if i hoped to make it to Bobs at a reasonable hour, so i did. I hope they did alright. Had my first two rattlesnake "encounters" within 10 minutes of each other today. Both times i was somehow past them by at least a step when they started rattling, so it wasn't to hard to just take a few quick steps and be out of harms way. Anyway all in all today went well and tonight was amazing, great food, good company, I'm very glad to be here. It has already surpassed the image i used for motivation to do the 25 miles today from snow to desert. I got one of my first glimpses into what they call the "hiker appetite" at dinner. I ate and drank and never once had the inkling of being full, my brain told me to stop eating not my stomach but it was great. OK its real late i need to knock out. Thought of the day; think positive, act positive.

JWC on the PCT

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