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Trying to get all of the little things done in preparation for the hike this year. Earlier this week I went to the REI in Kennewick only to find out that they did not have microspikes nor did they have the Sawyer filter I want. So, it's back to shopping online. I also downloaded a pattern for overmitts. Unfortunately, they're sized for a man's large hand. I'm planning to tape the patterns together and then reduce them on a copier. Hopefully, I can get them to a woman's hand, even with gloves on. Have my bus ticket to Portland and my airline ticket to San Diego. Made arrangements to stay with a trail angel the night before and getting a ride with the same angel to the TH the next morning.
In preparation for the hike, I have started to get back, neck and shoulder massages every two weeks. Today I had my second one - this time from a different masseuse, as my first one was sick. The masseuse today found some knots that she said had been there so long they were like family members. It's a little tender, but that's to be expected.
Hopefully my male helpers can get the cabinets installed on the garage walls this week so that I can access the big tub that has a lot of my backpacking items. I need to add weight to the backpack and find it easiest to use what I'll be using on the trail.
So, for my To Do list this week, I have:
1) order microspikes
2) order water filter
3) patch hiking pants (got a rip on the NCT in 2009)
4) Make overmitt pattern for women's hands
5) finish dehydrating the canned roast beef.
6) start dehydrating the apples - well this is going to be an experiment. I have frozen bags of apples that I sliced and cored from November 2008. Right now two bags are in the crock pot with cinnamon cooking down. My plan is to dehydrate them into crumbles - to be both a snack and added to other meals.
7) dehydrate yogurt - another experiment. Don't know if it will work, but going to try.
8) find someone to house/cat sit
9) Walk every day rain, snow or shine. I have Endomondo set up on my phone to hopefully record my training walks.
10) Exercise with Billy Blanks - either Tae Bo, Cardio, or Boot camp
Retired And Back On The Trail
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, Guinness in one hand, steak in the other, yell 'Holy Sh**, What a Ride!"
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