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.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fast walker, fast talker

Day 73, Mile 1126.5---Started walking around 7:30 and by 12:45 i was at Barker Pass. I utilized the i-pod for a while and listened to Kat Williams' stand-up "the pimp chronicles". Unfortunately i only made it half way through before the battery ran out, but that half was damn funny. I planned to meet Anna somewhere on Barker Pass road so i started walking down towards Hwy 89 after a snack break. I didn't have to walk far at all and there she was with two other girls all with at least one arm waving out the car windows. She had a sandwich and some fruit and Kerns nectar juice waiting in the car for me, perfect. The rest of the day went to hanging out at the house talking and catching up. I got to enjoy an amazing pasta dinner cooked by Christine (Anna's roommate). I had considered going out to eat but i am really not sure i would have found something as good anywhere else. Also enjoyed a pecan pie made by Anna which was delicious. I didn't know i liked pecan pie but it is official, i do. After dinner we went to a friend of a friends house for a "keg-er". I wasn't sure if i was ready for all that, but it turned out to be a small group of folks and we played games and talked way past hiker midnight. The keg was a really good beer , Longboard Ale if i remember correctly. The game was called celebrities, it was very simple with not a lot of moving parts and a lot of fun. Stayed up real late and crashed hard in a great bed, as such I'm writing this the following morning. Time to go do a little laundry and eat a giant breakfast. Thought of the day; almost half way there... wierd. Song of the day; dmx-" flesh of my flesh, blood of my blooooooood." Craving of the day; the breakfast i am about to have today i was craving yesterday, and i'm not even sure what it is yet, but it will be good.

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's up sir... I'm glad to see, I mean read that everything is still on the up and up on the PCT. There was a 68 year old guy in my store awhile back that told me of his plans to start the PCT around the middle of April. He said he got to the start of it but only made it 50 miles before he figured he would need some gear to make it all the way because he took off with nothing but a walking stick and a "good sense of humor" (according to himself).

Meanwhile, all has been the same with me. Working and hanging as usual. I thought about moving out for a brief moment but figured since I can only live rent free probably once in life i should just sit down, have a refreshing coke, and smile. On the 4th Tuyet and I went down to Tyler's parents' house in San Diego for the festivities. Some of the festivities included a mom yelling at everyone walking by her because her son couldn't see the fireworks, paying 8 dollars for a plastic cup of Heineken, eating funnel cake and almost dying due to grease intake, almost getting hit in the parking lot by a girl in her acura, getting told by an officer on a dirtbike with a maglite to walk on the sidewalk (which wasnt paved) or we would get tickets, and standing in line to pay cover to get into a club to stand in line to get into the hip-hop room. (That's just the half of it). I must say it reminded me of SB all over again once we got down to the beach, too many people on bikes. I started thinking about all of the talks we had about going back to college where the hardest decision was what to eat (which I'm sure we'll have the same discussions once you get back). Speaking of comedy, I just watched "For what its worth" the other day and a lot of old Eddie Murphy stand-ups/movies from when he was actually funny without having to play a nerd or woman in a feature film. Speaking of, hopefully you've seen a trailer for his new movie "Meet Dave." I'm assuming its probably terrible at best, rock bottom I must say.

Anyways we are gonna have to hit up a hike when you get back if you aren't 'hiked out.' But we have to walk to get where we are going to hike because gas is almost 5 dollars a gallon now.

Anyways man... stay safe on the PCT...


P.S. "It's the way I talk seeeee" ... "I didn't know I couldn't do that" ...