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James M - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2014

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City: Bozeman
State: Montana
Begins: Jun 15, 2014
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 10th, 2014

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 625
Journal Visits: 7,854
Guestbook Views: 688
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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60 days of food, 200,000 calories

Introduction and preparation

There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than going on long walks through wild country. This summer and fall, I've committed myself to doing just that with a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. I've had the plans to hike the CDT in the works since high school, and now seems like a fitting time to pursue some of these long-held goals during the transition period between my undergraduate and graduate schooling. This will be my first thru-hike, and I'm well aware of the challenges ahead of me. I feel that I'm mentally prepared to roll with the punches, and I know that this journey will bring me to some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows that I've ever experienced. I'm ready to get going, and can't wait for this coming Sunday when I finally get to hike - it's been a long time coming.

My final preparations are going well, and I've got all of my resupply boxes ready to mail. Nevertheless, the next few days will be quite busy with taking care of real-world logistics, moving out of my apartment, and packing up my gear. A housekeeping note for friends, family, and anyone else following this journal: I will be posting relatively infrequently, as I won't have internet on the trail and I can't always count on finding internet in town. But I hope what I do post has substance, and provides a glimpse into life on the trail. Thanks for your interest in my journey - I'll see you out on the trail!

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