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.

Friday, May 9, 2008

I like it when I'm fast

Day 8, Mile 151.3Today went fairly well. Last night was pretty windy, I ended up putting rocks on pretty much everything I had to keep it in my possession. Got woken up by the sun before it had even got over the mountain which sounds poetic, and could possibly be if it wasn't so damn early. Left camp about 7 and with multiple breaks managed to make it to hwy 74 by 540pm. So now i sit and wait for the parentos pick up. I had learned recently that the fire was no big deal and would be open soon which made me feel dumb for skipping around it. But upon arrival it looks as if it will still be closed until the end of the week. So this is actually the best and cheapest way to get back on the trail and to Bob's house on time. Walked the middle of the day with a girl from Univ. of Michigan, she was 19 and doing the trail alone, definitely impressive. (no grandmother, not my type at ALL) My shoes are getting too small already, so i think I'm going to upgrade in the 24 hrs i am home. Also my packs internal foam support has given up. After talking with a bunch of people who don't have chafe marks on their hips and shoulders and can carry 10 pounds more then me comfortably i have decided its time to upgrade that as well, oh yeah and i need new socks. Its gonna be a busy zero in the LBC. Nothing else to report really. Friday i will be dropped off at the highest altitude so far on the trip 8000ft or so and then climb up and down while descending to Cabazon and Bob's house by Saturday evening. Oh, i wanted to give a shout out to ray ray and thems, no really a shout out to Mr. C-Book for those inspirational words the day before i headed to Campo, they were powerful and remain as such in propelling me further on my journey. Thanks. Songs of the day; Elijah Rock & Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho both by Moses Hogan. Thought of the day; do a lot of birds die in mid-flight?

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

Beardens said...

Once again, I'm ridiculously impressed and entertained by your brain's song choices.

Moses Hogan basically rocks my world and I would have most definitely chimed in with the soprano part of Elijah Rock had I been with you.

Keep singin, Jess. =)