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Jo - Colorado Trail Journal - 2013

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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 13, 2013
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 10th, 2013

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Entry Visits: 780
Journal Visits: 16,008
Guestbook Views: 1,392
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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First two food drops sent. Committed.

It wasn’t the food drops that did it--it was critical mass. I know I have the right equipment. I know it works. I am confident that I have struck a good balance between what is necessary and what is just an unneeded luxury (extra shirt?) Some items, though not absolutely necessary contribute to the experience--my IPad--so I can keep this journal current--not sure why that matters and who cares?

I have heard/read that people love planning the best. Not me. I just want to go. But planning is the thing. Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” That is so true on the trail. The plan nearly always flies out the window as soon as I start walking; but if I have a plan, I am usually calm when all hell breaks loose!

An important part of my “plan”, is that I have kind people to help me if I need it. And their’s is a gift, a connection with people who have nothing to gain from helping a perfect stranger and I am so enriched by it.

Today, I am happy, I can do this. It’s very liberating to walk, even for a short time.

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The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more:


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