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.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Wilderness to Cruisers

Day 128, Mile 2302.8---A decent nights sleep last night. Walked this morning with Landshark and talked about religion for awhile. It was a really cool conversation that moved in and out of religion to societal life to career aspirations. It made the miles fly by and before i knew it we were finished with the main climb of the day. At the top of the ridge there were great views of where we had been and where we will be going. Hoffa got reception on his phone and managed to set a room for us in Packwood. I also used the opportunity to call my Mom since that "10 minutes" from Tuesday was now 3 days later. She was glad to hear from me. We made it down to White Pass by just after 1-ish. I got my box and a snack while the first group hitched. They waited about an hour and a half. Luckily they got picked up and about 5 minutes later myself, Hoffa, Pothead, and Good Times got a ride. Handled internet, laundry, re-supply, and a call to the parentos all before dinner. Pizza (i know) was had by all and pitchers of beer. The birthday celebration moved to the bar across the street and we kept the party going. It is late and i need to get the most mattress time possible. Heading out tomorrow after 2 breakfasts and some cruise logistic checks maybe. Thought of the day; the end is near. Song of the day; sheeeees my little whiskaaaay girrrrrrl by somebody country. Craving of the day; to workout the rest of my body, then have a nice protein shake.

JWC on the PCT

Post Script; i should mention that my blog support team, well my support team in general will be taking a cruise for the next week and the next post will not be up until sometime around the 15th. I should also mention that i have been "convinced" to have a welcome home party on the 4th of October at the parentos house. If you're interested the exact time will be posted at a later date... later than the 15th, obviously.


Anonymous said...

JESSE! I can't believe you're almost finished with this trail escapade! I'm sure you must feel pretty darn good about it all. It's been a great adventure, huh?(BTW, I'd have been happy to sub in for the absent support team,but nobody asked! So I guess the blog junkies will just have to wait!)

ark said...

Jesse...I went to the beach for nine days, and then Joe took my computer away for several more days so that he could update my system...badly needed!...and so I could not read your blog for about two weeks. I was really feeling the pain! What will it be like for all of us "blog junkies" when you are no longer on the trail! I want to know more about the razors edge. Sounds amazing! Hope you managed to take some photos. Looking forward to your next entries. Love as always.....Andrea