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Matt Edwards - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Sep 21st, 2009
Trip Distance: 20.0

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Bob Dole the first day of her PCT hike

Full Circle

Today I have come full circle.
Back in April I set aside my life to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
I left my job, my jeep, cancelled the phone, sold my stuff, and locked the door.
I completed my hike over a week ago but really did not feel like I had returned completely until today.
It is ironic that I have now reversed everything I listed above.. in precisely the same way!
I unlocked the door, Got out my tool bags (the stuff I kept), re-instated the phone, tuned up the jeep(and took it for a mighty spin!), and tonight got word that I can return to work!
The life I had at first fretted would be destroyed by my descision to thru-hike the PCT seems to be returning to pre-hike status.
This brings to mind something many other thru hikers had noticed along the trail; "The trail provides". A lot of us feel that way after witnessing it first hand on our muti state journey. Just when you need something to happen it does but only for those that take the chance.
Before the hike, before I made the comitment to do the PCT, I had a moment of doubt. In that moment many worries and questions crowded my mind; "What about my job?" "What about my house(rental)?" What about my stuff?" All these things together seemed insurmountable. I nearly abandoned the idea altogether.
Actually there was some validity to those worries. The country is(was) in a major recession. Leaving a good paying job is a little nuts in these times.
Somehow I new I had to take a leap of faith.
Well today, it seems that leap worked. I got to hike the PCT and everything I left behind is still here for me.
I guess I knew all along it might be a one-way trip... but I HAD to take it.
Today I woke up without any worry about what happens next. Thanks in part to what I learned on the PCT. No matter what happens now I will always carry those memories. I will always know that the trail is there for me. I can exist quite happily with 15 lbs of gear on my back and little else. It makes me more appreciative of what I have now. It has also highlighted the duality of life on and off the trail.
I must say though, as much as I love thru hiking there were times I truly missed producing work. I missed plumbing new homes most of all. I missed finishing a good days work and returning home satisfied that I did a good job. The work makes the time off worth it. Actually thru hiking was in some ways much harder than new construction plumbing. For one thing a day spent hiking the PCT was for me often 13 hours of non stop effort. There can be long days of plumbing but even the worst was never as physical as a day on the PCT.
Wow, I suddenly feel like I have returned.
Like I said.. Full Circle.
I don't know how much work there is or how long I will be employed. But you know what? I can only do my best with what I get. I shall work and see. Sound familiar? I used that strategy all along the trail and it always worked.
At some future date I will arrive at a point where I can cast off the bow line and embark on another journey. One thing is certain.. next time it will be much easier to take that leap because of my experience with the PCT.
Cheers everyone!
(So Lucky!)

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Matt's Pacific Crest Journey

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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