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SlowBro - Colorado Trail Journal - 2016

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2016
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Feb 6th, 2016

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,239
Journal Visits: 56,273
Guestbook Views: 678
Guestbook Entrys: 11

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Along The Willamette River

Planning

A large part of a thru-hike is the planning. For my PCT hike I worked out every stop, how many miles for each day, where I could resupply, whether I needed to have supplies sent or could I buy them locally, and on and on. That worked pretty well for me, but I met plenty of other hikers who were doing perfectly well with little or no planning. The fact that they were 40 years younger than me may have helped them. I felt I had less room for error if I ran out of food or didn't have enough warm clothing than my younger counterparts. But in retrospect that was not entirely true. Nevertheless, I kind of enjoy the planning part, so why not.

Right now I am working on an exercise regime to get my milage back up. Fortunately Eugene is a very walk friendly town and I have been averaging around 5 miles a day for several weeks. I will gradually raise that over the next few months and hopefully get back up to around 20 miles a day. That pace should allow me to comfortably finish the Colorado Trail in 4 or 5 weeks depending on a number of factors. Quite a few friends have said they may try and join me for part of this trip which will make it even more fun, but we are nearly 5 months from my tentitive start date of July 1st so much can happen.

Well, I need to come up with an itinerary to help plan my resupply, etc. So I'll work on that for a future installment.

-SlowBro

(For a little more back story on me and my endeavors check the first few entries in my PCT Journal. The link is at the bottom of this space.)

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"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone

"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro

 

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