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Tomato
City: Portland
State: OR
Begins: Aug 23, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017
Start: Purple & Carnivore's
End: Portland
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 405.1

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 72
Journal Visits: 1,635
Guestbook Views: 28
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Post-trip thoughts

I spent the next 2 days at Purple & Carnivore's house, resting and recuperating. I can't emphasize enough how much these guys helped me out. I was in pretty bad shape toward the end. On Sunday, I flew back home.
I definitely made some mistakes on this trail, starting with the start date. It was the only time I had available to go, and I thought, based on previous hikes, that I would be fine in the heat. Arizona heat in August is a little more than I expected, however. I also had to average 28 miles per day, based on when my school starts. Again, pretty typical mileage for me, even low compared to many other trails. But usually I don't have plane tickets already purchased, and if I get injured I can take enough time to let it heal. On the AZT, once I took time off in Pine, I had to ramp up my mileage just as the trail increased in difficulty. I drank a lot of water, but it seems like I was constantly dehydrated. On the second-to-last day, I drank 10 liters and never peed. I'm also not sure why I never got an appetite, but it definitely negatively affected my strength. The food I bought to get to the south Rim of the Grand Canyon ended up lasting me all the way past Flagstaff. I often wouldn't eat anything but a snack or two all day, then sometimes skip dinner. Clearly, that can't continue.
Anyway, I had a fun experience overall on the trail. I'll have to come out in the spring sometime and finish it up.

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The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people. Learn more: www.aztrail.org

 

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