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I'm not much of a blogger but if ever I had a reason to be, its now! Two weeks left until Dharma and I make our way from our empty studio apartment in Brooklyn, NY onto a bus in Manhatten to begin our 3 day journey to El Cajon, California. It may seem crazy but I'm really looking foward to the ride down there since I've never really driven corss country.
We picked up some food today for our first planned mail drop, of which there will not be too many since we opted to buy food and supplies as we go for the most part. Packets of tuna, instant rice and pasta, Idahoan potatoes, ingredients for GORP and ofcourse... Snickers bars! In my 'normal' life the instant meals and the Snickers bars so rarely touch my plate, but apparently these foods will be great fuel for a thruhike. From what I've read there shouldnt be too much of a problem sustaining our pescatarian diets on the trail either. When possible we'd like to carry whole, sustainable foods like avacados and root vegetables so we're not totally dependant on processed food.
We've been walking 5-10 miles a day for the last 2 weeks and will continue to do so with some increased weight on our backs and some bigger miles. Since we planned to do lower milage to start out with on the trail (12-15 mi/day) I'm feeling pretty good about our training. I guess I won't know til I get out there though. I was very grateful to have been able to take a full month off of working to tie up loose ends and have some time to relax before we leave.
So, the contents of our apartment become less and less, and the ease with which I have begun to say goodbye to my 'precious stuff' increases. Things are finally starting to sink in that we are going! Over a year of planning, first to hike the AT, backing out all togther and now certain that we want to hike the PCT, we are finally down to only a few short weeks!
Signing off for now...Lotus
No Mud No Lotus
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
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