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Cathie - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2012

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Cathie "Fruitcake" Cummins
City: Smith Mountain Lake
State: Virginia
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 12, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 19th, 2012

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Getting ready and counting down

We're back and going for the gold. Having entered semi-retirement, Cathie and Randy (aka Fruitcake and Nutz) will be back in long distance hiking mode in less than a month from now. We will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail in two chunks, in an attempt to try to capture the best of it all. For Cathie this will be the third of the big three; she has already hiked the Appalachian Trail (alone) in 1997-98, and the Pacific Crest Trail with Randy in 2007. Randy plans on hiking the AT in 2014. Okay, enough with the names. It will be Cathie writing this journal as Randy says that doing journal entries is too much like his former job as an engineer, doing those daily reports. So now that you know which one of us is stringing the words together, I will start to use a pronoun for myself. Calling myself Cathie is wierd, and of course Fruitcake is even stranger.

Our previous journal for the PCT was on its own website, and has since been taken down; but, if you need something to help you sleep at night, it is available on a CD. Just let us know! We celebrated our 30th wedding anniverary on the PCT, just as a better known couple did the very same year: Scout and Frodo. Unfortunately we never met them, and would have liked to. We heard they were great fun! Randy and I make a pretty good team ourselves, and we're looking forward to this next challenge. Randy is the easy going type but with good attention to detail. I tend to be a bit intense, and focus more on the big picture. So it works out . . . sort of like this: On this spring's biking trip on the Mountains to Sea Trail we had to cross a bridge in the Outer Banks in pouring rain and strong winds. There was no pedestrian walkway, and lots of tourist traffic. Randy says "We'll just take it slowly and carefully. We'll be fine." I say "The bridge is very high and 2 miles long. We're going to get killed." At the last minute, a driver of an SUV pulls over and says "You (idiots) aren't going to bike over that bridge are you? I'd better give you a ride." Without discussion, we both instantly agreed to accept the ride. Yes, we work together well, and with a little luck, it all works out.

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Fruitcake & Nutz On The CDT

The Continental Divide Trail extends nearly 3000 miles through the Rocky Mountains from Canada to New Mexico, and includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.


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