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Caitlin and George "Adventure Duo"
City: Bay Area
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 19, 2007
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 8th, 2007
Start: Oakland
End: Minnesota
Trip Distance: 836.8

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Figuring Things Out

okay. I've had a few days off to think about things, and I've talked to a lot of people. Here's the story - I want to keep hiking, but I don't want to do it right now. the last few days on the trail, I was feeling really burned out. the bugs were getting to me, as were the smell, the dirt, the sleeping on the ground, etc. I was tired of hiking. I guess it makes sense - I'd been out there pretty much continuously for the last 2.5 months. I'd walked more than 1100 miles, which is a looooong way. I needed a vacation from my vacation. so, my plan is to go to Minnesota for a couple of weeks to stay with my sister, then get back on the trail at the CA/OR border at the end of July/beginning of August. that way, I'll have time here to replan my trip as a solo one, sort out food and gear and odds and ends, get my life back on track as it were. I'll get to keep hiking, hopefully with Craig. I plan to make it to Canada. I guess I won't be a 'real' thru-hiker, because I'm skipping about 600 miles in California. it doesn't matter too much to me though - I will have hiked 2000+ miles, which is something to be proud of. and I will have done a majority of it alone, which is both scary and exciting.

I'm still not sure if this is the right decision. I know I don't want to spend the rest of the summer at home. I'm worried that if I head back to the trail right away, I will just get sick and tired of it all over again. some time off seems like a good plan. I also don't know how I feel about hiking it by myself. this was a trip that I had planned with George, and it never occured to me that he would bail and leave me to finish it on my own. hopefully, it will be okay. in the meantime, I plan to relax, recenter and generally get my act together.

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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