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SlowBro - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2019

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Nov 15th, 2018

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 285
Journal Visits: 23,886
Guestbook Views: 407
Guestbook Entrys: 34

Journal Plan

Continental Divide Trail Map

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Fellow Hikers On A Recent Early Morning Training Hike

Hiking Partners

The other day I got an email from an internet friend of mine. Jim and I have corresponded for a couple of years since just before I did the Arizona Trail. Jim was new to long distance hiking and was posting here on about his upcoming AZT hike when I signed his Guestbook and we started corresponding about the ins and outs of hiking great distances. He started the AZT a couple weeks after I did, but by the time I got to Flagstaff he had almost caught up with me. Unfortunately I injured my foot and had to get off trail in Flagstaff, leaving the day before he arrived. He finished the trail and went on to hike the Colorado Trail that same year and I offered what info I could on that trail, since I had done it in 2016. We almost got together this last summer for some of the Southern CDT, but he had time constraints and other commitments so that didnt come to be. But then he sent me an email, remember the email from the first sentence, anyway, he sent me an email saying he might be able to hike part of the Northern CDT with me in 2019!

I sent him my tentative itinerary and after some minor adjustments it looks like he will join me in Montana for much of the last several hundred miles of the trek. I am pretty stoked to have someone to hike with up there. And, even though I have never met him in person, judging from our correspondence and his blog, I think we have pretty compatible hiking styles. I think we both struggle to balance our "planned goal" with being "in the moment." I know we are each on a constant “mission to eat better”during the trek. We have not lost our sense of wonder and we are both searching for new experiences. We each even are married to amazing women who give us leave to follow our hiking obsession. (And I’m not just writing that because I know you will be reading this, Nancy and Sharon :^)

I know in the end it may not work out. After all, it is about 9 months before our proposed rendezvous, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. And if we do get together there is no guarantee we will be able to hike together for long. Still, I’m hopeful and it will be fun to do part of the planning with someone else. Always nice to be able to bounce ideas off somebody with similar experience.

Finally, it also looks like Cappuccino and I will be doing some of the trail together again. I had such a great time with her on the two segments we did in New Mexico and now she is planning on joining me when I start in Grand Lake at the end of June. I’m excited to be able to hike with her again.

Honestly, I like hiking by myself. There is a certain zen like quality that comes with solitude in the wilderness. But I also like to share the experience with others. Thru-hiking allows for both, making me a happy camper.

So things seem to be falling into place for next summer. Yeah!

Until next week- Happy Trails...

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SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey

"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone

"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro

"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit


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