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Jgregory - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2008
Start: Washington, DC
End: Washington, DC
Daily Distance: 0
Entry Lat: 38.918084
Entry Lng: -77.010899

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,115
Journal Visits: 13,183
Guestbook Views: 312
Guestbook Entrys: 18

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I'm sitting here eating one of the last healthy meals I will probably eat for a long long time and trying to guzzle water like it's nobody's business. Needless to say, I do have to get up and pee every 20 minutes, which ruins my train of thought. My room is pretty much empty, I just made a new pot stand, and my knees are, at least today, feeling better. Still, I'm incredibly nervous that I will get out there and not last more than a week. You see, I have this knee condition, patella tendinitis and chondromalacia (all my friends, at this point, will coalesce into one gigantic "shut the hell up Jay and quit your incessant whining") , diagnosed several months ago, and which I have been attempting to alleviate through 3 months of physical therapy, with minimal success. I took to the App Trail (all of MD and back) for one week to see how my knees did, and they did pretty well. A little uncomfortable going downhill at times, but was able to build up to a 20 mile day and felt fine at the end. Based on that, I decided to follow through with the trip I have been planning for a year. I bought my plane ticket, I subletted my room, I got the last of my gear together, and I made arrangements for San Diego. I've heard the PCT has a more gradual grade, and is generally easier on the body than the AT (though I did wuss out and do the MD section, which is the easiest of them all). My plan is to start slow and see what happens. If at the end of 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, etc. etc., if I have to go home, I'll be fine with that. Annoyed, yes. Inconvenienced, yes. A little sad, also yes. But I won't be devestated. It's just the way things go.

Anyway, how is that for a happy first trail entry. On the flip side, I am exicted about the kick-off party for some 200 through-hikers this weekend, and am fairly confident I'll last through my first day. It's the little things that keep me going. That and my little girl bladder.



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