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, August 19, 2008

Que terrible'

Day 109, Mile 1966.3---I awoke this morning at around 6:30 to do my daily business. The mosquitoes gave me no privacy, and made the whole experience quite uncomfortable. They did not quit until around 11;30 when i came to a burned out area. I had my dri-clime jacket with my head net tucked in, and also pants on. The only thing exposed was my hands and occasionally my neck as the net shifted. I got about 10 bites on each hand. They got my right pinky finger 3 times, and i even got a stigmata bite as i referred to it after one bit me in the middle of my right palm and left a blood spot when it died. Around 11:30 was also when i came to the trail junction that goes to Elk Lake Resort. Alright i gotta cut this short i am really tired. Had an amazing burger and sweet potato fries. Left to go back on trail only to decide the thunderstorms were too much. Then met Icebag on the way back off trail and decided to go ahead and leave. I felt wimpy to have not been able to leave on my own. Got about 8 miles out before the time and storms forced us to stop and set up camp. Here i am now with all my stuff in my tent, using my pack as a pillow. Every 20 minutes or so another storm rolls in and then rolls out. I hope it is nice in the morning. Goodnight. Thought of the day; it could be worse - such a dumb saying, it applies anywhere and everywhere. Song of the day; something something some, something something some, onnnnn the feeeeeylds of baaaaahley - Phil Collins? Sting? Craving of the day; a burger i had for lunch today called Da Kine, i wanted another for dinner. 1/4lb patty with swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, peppered bacon, lettuce, and teriyaki glaze on a ciabatta bread, and with sweet potato fries of course.

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Youll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
Youll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in the fields of gold
Good song!