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Sparwater - Grand Enchantment Trail Journal - 2009

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Romano "Sparwater" Scaturro
City: Cornville
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Apr 6, 2009
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Mar 30th, 2009
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0

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GET preparation

This is my first entry on to this journal. It's late right now and I'm kind of tired, so I'll keep it brief.
I'm getting ready to hike the GET (Grand Enchantment Trail) in it's entirety. That's 700 miles. I hope to do this over a period of 4-5 weeks. My daily mileage, mpd, is expected to be 20-25. The longest hike I've done before this was the JMT, John Muir Trail, which I did with my two sons, Giuliano and Domenic, and friends Jim Bostwick, Jon and Tim Freriks, in 2004. That was just over 200 miles and it took us over 3 weeks to finish. So I will be attempting this trek at a much faster pace. The beginning is in Apache Jct. AZ and the finish in Albuquerque, NM.

The hardest part I'm anticipating will be the intense solitude. I doubt there will be many people out there and few towns through which I will travel. I don't fear any of the usual stuff most people do: bears, cats, etc. Loneliness though may be a difficult obstacle. I think if I hit the point where I start responding to myself while talking to myself, I will have been out there too long.

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GET '09

The Grand Enchantment Trail is a 730-mile wilderness walking route across the Southwest U.S., connecting mountains, deserts, canyons, and places of cultural and historic interest. Beginning in the Sonoran desert near Phoenix Arizona, the route meanders eastward, crossing unique and diverse Sky Island mountain ranges, deep and water-blessed desert canyons, the pine-studded Continental Divide, and toward the southernmost Rocky Mountains, where it descends dramatically to the outskirts of Albuquerque New Mexico at its distant terminus. Learn more:


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