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City: The Boonies
State: Colorado
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 10, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 15th, 2012
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 539
Journal Visits: 11,031
Guestbook Views: 543
Guestbook Entrys: 8

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NW Colorado Boonies

Getting Organized

I am an old Lady with type 2 diabetes and foot problems. I have previously hiked portions of the CT in the 1990's and in 2010. My College age niece is having difficulties finding a Summer job. Remember, " It's the Economy, stupid." So we are doing as much of the trail as we can this summer, slowly and carefully. There is a 40 year difference in our ages. We are also planning on hitting as many hot springs as we can along or near the trail. We are hiking Ultra-lite, healthy diet, self-supported. Hopefully we will both lose a few pounds, get some exercise and have a great adventure. We are taking two vehicles to facilitate the shuttles, carry resupplies and totally avoid hitch-hiking.

I am trying to prepare my feet with the excellent Book "Fixing Your Feet" by Jon Vonhof. As a diabetic I can't afford to get blisters much less anything more serious. I have been using Tuff-Foot to toughen up my feet and have taping and cushioning systems, orthotics dual sock systems and orthopedic shoes.

We are bringing most of our own food and will not be resupplying with junk food available at convenience stores. The first week in June we are doing a shakedown 2-3 day backpack to test out our gear and stamina in the wilderness near my home. Then we will set out on the trail the next week.

Plan A is to do a leap-frog shuttle system with 2 cars. One car at the eastern terminus near Denver. Then drive the other car to the west end of segment 1 at South Platte Townsite. Hike west to east. Pickup car and go to westend trailhead for segment 3 and do segments 3 and 2 west to east. This pattern continues all the way to the Continental Divide in segment 6. More info on the trail is available on this site and on

If I am too slow for my niece we will modify to plan B where we use one car and I drop her off and pick her up for day hikes and I do shorter 2 way day hikes.

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