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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jun 1, 2018
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, May 25th, 2018
Start: San Diego
End: San Diego
Daily Distance: 0

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Little bit of planning

I think I’ll be hiking the Ice Age Trail starting on June 1. I say “I think” as I seemed to have brought something nasty back from Nepal in my gut. I just finished a pretty heavy course of antibiotics and am not 100% sure I’m better. Assuming I am, then I’ll be walking in a week. If not, well, that will suck.

Hmm, the Ice Age Trail. About 1200 miles through Wisconsin of all places. About 60% trail, 40% roads? One of the 11 National Scenic Trails. I think it will be an interesting experience. I’ve been considering picking my way through the rest of the National Scenic Trails and what’s left has a lot of road miles and maybe not the classic beauty that one might think about. But I like to walk, love to thru-hike and this gives me like a little project to work on. Like a little goal to get you through those road miles, but I’m not 100% sure of how I will take to it.

I recently read through my Finger Lakes Trail journal which was a good reminder to properly set my expectations. I didn’t love that trail as it connected tiny parcels of state forest (and I mean tiny, like 1000 acre parcels) with long road walks. But the main problem there I think were expectations, I didn’t feel like the information out there was realistic/informative. At least with the Ice Age Trail it’s well known that 40% or so of the trail is road walking, that’s it’s pretty flat, camping can be a challenge, that the mosquitoes and ticks might be horrible and things like that. I know, sounds fun! But knowing of these things I think sets better expectations and I can manage that. Like why complain a lot when you know what you are getting into? We’ll see, I’m looking forward to starting, I think it might be more interesting than I’m expecting.

I even got my first Guthook hiking app, never used it before but I know it’s really slick and nice. I also bought and printed out the data book in a smaller size. It’s a really nice little book from the Association. I’m not a huge fan of staring at my phone all day and like having some sort of databook or guidebook even if it’s not essential. I found one good blog to browse and another that had a good list of the major resupply points which paired with the IATA’s excel resupply list which is a bit light on details should make it easy to resupply. Plus I expect to have a decent amount of cell reception so I’m sure Google maps will be helpful for resupply and the occasional motel. There’s also a word document of hiker notes that a former hiker maintains and is updating right now and that looks pretty helpful too. If you'd like to see a map, Postholer has a link to the right of these words you can click on and zoom around.

That’s all I got for now. Hopefully this Nepali parasite or tapeworm is gone!

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Ice Age Trail

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsins world-renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. Learn more: www.iceagetrail.org

 

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