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Lisa "Pinky" Curry
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 27, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sun, Nov 6th, 2011
Trip Distance: 739.0

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Heart vs. Head

I apologize it has been so long since I last posted a journal entry. I needed some time to deal with the argument between my heart and my head. It went a little something like this…

Heart~ Canada is less than 500 miles away… you can make it if you really want to!

Head~ You wouldn’t get there until mid December, don‘t be silly!

Heart~ The snow might not be too bad, especially if it is a later winter. The weather has been so weird this year, you never know.

Head~ There are hikers who have already been getting off trail in WA because of the snow.

Heart~ Sure but hikers have been getting off trail all year long because of snow, that never stopped you.

Head~ You have been SO cold and there is already fresh snow lower than 4000 ft. The weather is calling for more snow for the next ten days at least.

Heart~ I can just have warmer clothes sent from home, and if needed I could get snow shoes. I have backpacked/camped in the snow before. It can be done, I just need different gear.

Head~ What about when the trail is covered completely by snow and you are days from town with no trail in sight?

Heart~ I have GPS on my phone as well as a Garmin GPS, I could carry both as back up to my maps.

Head~ You can not count on electronics and your map/compass skills are not nearly good enough to count on either.

Heart~ I can do it, I will be fine.

Head~ There are towns and resorts in WA that you can’t even get to anymore, they are closed for the year. Where will you resupply now?

Heart~ I don’t know. I can look at my maps and figure something out.

Head~ It is time to get off trail and call it a season.

Heart~ I can’t stop now! I’m not ready to stop now!

Head~ Stix is heading home after completing his goal of reaching WA and Not Ryan has no interest in hiking in the snow. There are not any other PCT hikers on the trail.

Heart~ That is okay, I can go alone.

Head~ It is not safe, especially alone.

Heart~ But I don’t want to stop yet!

Head~ You have had the most amazing journey, so much more incredible than you could have ever imagined! It was never about the destination for you anyways, it has ALWAYS been about the journey.

Heart~ I want the journey to continue!

Head~ It can, just not right now.

Heart~ But…

Head~ Be smart about this.

Heart~ Ughhh…

Head~ Let go.

Heart~ I don’t want to…

Head~ You need to.

Heart~ I guess…

Head~ Okay.

Heart~ Okay.

It is rare that I follow my head over my heart. This time I think it was the right thing to do.

I’ll update you again soon with all of my post trail adventures, thoughts, adjustments, emotions, return and re-entry.

Thank you all so much being a part of this experience, for encouraging me and for following along. I hope that you will live the dreams in your heart, I can never truly explain how unbelievable it feels.

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It's time to move on, time to get going. What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing. It's time to move on, it's time to get going. ~Tom Petty


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