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Country: new zealand
Begins: Apr 28, 2010
Date: Tue, Sep 21st, 2010
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I have been a week away from the trail now and my body and feet especially are very sore. I don't get it...Do I need to get back on? Is the trail trying to 'seduce' me back? When I was hiking and moving, I never really had this. Anyway, I promised an insight into my skull as to the reasons for doing this. Unlike the movie (some of you will know what I am talking about), there was not 'one thing', but in fact many. I narrowed it down to 10, in no particular order....
1. To participate and COMPLETE something that was completely foreign to me and was not something that I particularly was fond of. This is to prove if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
2. To get away from the stresses of everyday life for a short time, to 'flush-out' the brain and start again. I aim now, to no longer sweat on the small things.
3. I lived a dream that many others would love to have done. My message is to get out and do what you love, as time is short (pretty sure we don't come back)
4. I was told to go and re-find my smile. I did look everywhere I could for the past 5 months, but it was pretty good at hide and seek. I have re-captured it (not without a fight), so I will slowly be going through a training session on how to use it again.
5. I love the outdoors over here, not so much the walking. The excitement of animal noises in the trees when you are walking and at night around your tent, is good for the adrenalin and your soul. Seeing wild animals that we don't have and that you only see on TV. Going to bed at night not knowing if a bear or cougar is going to visit is fantastic. Better than using your visa.
6. To get some fresh air in the lungs, lose a bit of weight and see amazing sights.
7. So that my children can explain to their kids, what a 'crazy' person their grandfather was. When I am in my retirement home and someone tells me he ran a marathon, my comeback will be I did one every day for over 4 months.
8. Re-kindle my competitive nature which has been missing as of late (so watch out)
9. The timing was right with the age of my kids and I could afford it (it is expensive)
And the most important one.......
10. It seemed like a good idea at the time....
I have responded to all of your latest guest book entries (I think) and thank you all once again for the support. I am actually in meetings over here in Seattle which is a shock to the system.
Till next time
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: www.pcta.org