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bad pic..congrats Dinnertime
I'M DONE/OFF TRAIL
Zero/off trail for the season.
Made up my mind to stop.
Iam mentally taxed.
The weather has been unusually wet and cold...watching the weather forecasts is getting old, especially
especially when the forecast turns out to be "way off"(good one weather.com).....
I suspect continuing would be miserable. And take longer in the horrible weather.
Knowing myself, I will probably continue monitoring the weather at home....genius move if the bad weather continues, kick myself if weather turns around for the next 3 weeks or so.
"Ill be back"
I hope to finish the 640 miles I have left next summer.
I will re hike the entire trail(again) in a pure nobo or sobo fashion with a goal of less than 120 total days....id like to do it in 99 days as "broken toe" attempted but that is probably not possible for me.
The 120 day pct hike will happen after I do the CDT.....whenever that happens.
Got a ride from Randi to seatac airport....my flight itinerary was:
Seattle to miami.
Miami to Los angeles
LA to Houston...
My cousin met me at the airport to kill some time(I arrived at airport 3pm...flihht was 930pm).
Ran some errands...had a beer...got sropped back off at port.
Left my stakes and mini SAK with him to avoid TSA issues.
I had quite a bit of southern comfort left....basically guzzled that down in airport. Heavily buzzed at seatac...trashy? Nah....
So frickin random:
After eating dinner at the food court I saw "dinnertime".
It was awesome...last I had seen him was just south of stevens pass as he was headed north and I was headed south.
The timing was perfect...I was leaving to my gate and he was going to food court to eat..... amazing. I was glad to see a thru hiker in the crowd of normal people.
No one had a clue what dinnertime had just done....just another young person with a backpack and a scraggly mtn man beard. Just another euro traveller
Got a quick pic and parted ways...iam sure ill meet dinnertime again.
I effed up the hike when I went home the first time on july 8th....plain and simple if I had stayed on trail I would of had a 4.5 month or less hike.
Oh well. I know what to expect next time.
I can live with being a "section hiker" as far as the pct goes.
On plane.....I dont care that i didnt complete the trail this year....I learned a lot and will be back stronger and faster. (Hopeflly)
Only 6100 miles left in my "hiking career". (Cdt-2800, pct section hike-640, pct thru 2660)
Ill update with my stats when I have it figured out but I think I did something like 2020 miles(not including backtracking/yoyo-ing)...and had 55+ zero days
been home for a few days and loving the lazy life....kind of.
It's humid, rainy, and warm here in houston....complete change in weather.
received text/news of missing and rescued hikers in the area that I was in..... I hope everybody makes it out OK and re thinks their plans if they still want to continue. All the info to avoid these conditions are literally at their fingertips or in their pocket when they have a cell signal or in town.
I hate to say it, but, am glad that the storm/conditions were as bad as I and others suspected it to be. I am now very confident in my decision making skills regarding my safety when it comes to this type of crap. I was doubting myself on the trip home....thinking I might have pulled the plug too early...."things could get better"/etc. They will get better, next spring.