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Continental Divide Trail Map
After agonizing AGAIN if I should hike the CDT in the coming summer, I have decided to hike! And now I can sleep again. I'm happy with this decision and my legs are really happy and anxious to hike and hike and hike and hike... and hike and hike.... Actually they want to start right now, ready or not.
I am still worried that there won't be other thru hikers around for most if not all of it. I may be quiet and need lots of time to myself but I still prefer having company. Tough days are so much easier and views are always better when shared, though not just with anyone. You also have someone to share memories with and feel less like the crazy, hiking bum in town. And when you've hiked your brains out, someone else might come up with plans when you can't. I was lucky on my PCT thru and AT section hike to find people who made both trails more wonderful than I could imagine. I hope that a truly solo CDT thru can be fun as well, if that is what happens. Although, I think 2010 sounds so good that there will be more thru hikers than normal.
I think I'm going to start the end of April and that doesn't seem too far away anymore. Because now it's the end of February! And time feels like it is cut in half this winter because of my week on/off work schedule. One week spent taking care of the Gray Knob cabin on Mt Adams in NH's White Mountains. One of the most beautiful places you can be in New England in the winter. It's right at treeline, 4370', and just on the edge of the brutal and amazing weather the mountains here receive. And I get to see and experience it all! I get to be surrounded by people who love winter and hiking, when there are people. All of this every other week. The other half of my winter has been spent day hiking, enjoying the warmth and comforts of the valley and now planning for this CDT hike. So half of my life is kept on hold while the other half is happening, then it switches. And before I realized it, winter flew by and spring is on the wind.
I've got a journal on trailjournals too, we'll see if I keep both going.
The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org