Guess it's not as bad as Brit! he's trying to fly through Iceland and the airports are all shut down from some volcano! but still, everything is happening at once! I'm reading yogi's latest CDT book and found lots has changed from when I started reading the 2007 edition. Now I feel like I need to tear apart all my sealed envelopes of maps and re-check everything and put in the new yogi pages. And they are still subject to lots of variables. This will be the most seat-of-the-pants hike yet, and really, I mean, REALLY, I thought I had done a ton of research and planning!
I abandoned the idea of taking along my old, old, garmin emap. I finally broke down and bought a newer version. The Garmin etrex Legend HCx. I guess it has the best battery life and I can actually connect it to a mac without managing a serial port adapter and a whole bunch of port settings. It still is a headache to configure 3100 miles of trail into a preloaded map and waypoints are still limited to 500. What I can do now is add waypoints as points of interest (after long calls to garmin) and 20 tracks of 500 points each! Still not enough to load all the data I would like to have. There has to be a more systematic way of finding this data. Though I will make a HUGE shout out to Jonathan Ley, Starman, and Out-of-Order for their time consuming efforts and sharing their data!
I'm sort of in shape, but still got a few pounds of reserve fat to keep me energized. My food plan is going to be the -plan a state at a time maildrop box with a basic plan following the towns Damp Dan is having Mary send all his boxes to! Pretty much the same ones that I was planning with a few changes. PS if you send a care package...hint hint...Please let me know which town in case we hitch the other way! Oh, and like yogi...I love cookies...peanut butter, white chocolate chip macadamia nut.. and Almond Sandies!!!
A lot of thanks need to go out to all those who signed my guestbook too! It will keep my spirits up knowing you are home, hard at work and just wishing you too could be cold and/or hot and sweaty, sleeping on the ground, surrounded by mosquitos, and still loving every minute!
One last tidbit...if you have nothing better to do...There is a new website I learned about called Trackleaders. www.trackleaders.com/CDT has a map of the CDT. On it, you can see all my spot tracks and Damp Dan's spot tracks. and anyone else who has a SPOT and sends them their public shared page link. We won't show up yet, since they edit out all the before and after tracks, but save this link!
of course you can still see my spot for the night on the postholer site at www.postholer.com/Jellybean. just click on the link that says Continental divide map!
Off to the map catastrophy...