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.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Durka Durka 5

Day 12, a Zero - What a great way to spend a zero, or any day for that matter, the Durkins' hospitality is bar none. I really really enjoyed my time here, what a great family, i just can not say enough. Woke up this morning about 610am and then forced myself back to sleep til about 840... exciting i know. Spent most of the day just hanging out, Maggie (Bob's daughter) took me to the store to re-supply for the next 4 days, and i got to air out my sleeping bag and tent in the backyard. It felt great to have all the food and drink i desired today, oh also shout out to the Bunch family - it was nice to meet you all and thanks for the hydration. I have an easier time on the next leg up to Big Bear; less then 20 miles a day and almost constant water sources, i am looking forward to it. Anyway i got to lay it down for the night. One last thing i just want to thank the Durkins for their enthusiasm for me and my trip, and thank Lydia in particular for amazing food and for having me even though it was mother's day. It was really nice and much appreciated. Thought of the day; good luck Big Bear Sports Ranch staff of 2008!

JWC on the PCT

No comments: