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Jgregory - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2015

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City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 21, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Apr 19th, 2015

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Travel Days

From visiting my dad and watching r rated movies with which I was emotionally unprepared to handle to visiting my grandparents and lounging by the sunny shuffleboard court all day, airports have always been the first day of some grand adventure. Something new and exciting. And even so, there have only been a handful of times I've used one way plane tickets. They represent a bigger unknown. One lasting so long that no viable plan can be made for return. The kind of vacations I like (they offer more return on plane fare investments). I left DC before sunrise this morning, sad to be leaving Isabel, my friends, my family, and what I know will come to be the missed comforts of a soft bed, frequent showers, and instantaneous access to Google.

But a travel day can easily get one in the mood. After a brief and unrealized scare that some of my checked items would be confiscated (lithium battery pack, stove with lighter and matches inside), and three airports, I'm sitting here in the El Paso greyhound station less than 1 mile from the Mexican border, waiting for a bus to take me to Lordsburg, NM where I will spend Monday volunteering for the Continental Divide Trail Association and first day on the trail. I'm definitely one of the whitest (and least fluent in Spanish) guys this close to the Mexican border. I actually walked to the border to visit an AutoZone - literally the first business establishment one would see after crossing from Mexico into the U.S. at this particular crossing - to buy fuel, fuel that I would have not been allowed to check on a plane but can bring on a Greyhound.

The first leg - 86 miles from the New Mexico / Mexico border, through the Big Hatchet mountains, and back to Lordsburg - begins with a 3.5 hour shuttle ride Tuesday morning. A massive anxiety that has welled up inside me this last week as I've felt strange sensations in my right knee and general tightness. An injury I suspect from my training hike I really hope is not realized, or fixes itself with some dedicated walking, lest I have to return home in a couple weeks for rehab. A short trip indeed. But as I said earlier, even travel days are an adventure. Home or northbound, today's been a good day, and here's to many more - home or on trail.

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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:


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