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PhillySteve - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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Philly Steve
City: Philadelphia
State: PA
Country: USA!
Begins: Apr 20, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 8th, 2016
Start: Johnson City, TN
End: Johnson City, TN
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 357
Journal Visits: 5,220
Guestbook Views: 19
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Gross hurting toe.

Ok, so I guess I'm really doing this...

In 12 days I plan to be standing in the desert in California. I have the majority of my gear (photo and descriptions coming) and feel calm considering my last day of work is this week. I am trying not to give much thought to the fact that I'm going to be leaving so many good friends and people I deeply care about. It makes little sense to stress on a situation which is entirely of your making and control. Leaving the ones you love is always going to be difficult. But knowing that the intentions behind the leaving are solid and for good reason helps soften that familiar blow.

I haven't written an entry in over a week because I am struggling with what to write, so that isn't just the same list of preparations and itinerary details. I mean it's just a blog being read over by a few hundred people. I am sure even more are just skimming the words, looking for something that attracts them and their personal interests. I figure all of this because I tend to do the same thing when reading other journals. I have seen some wonderful, descriptive writing from the brave souls that have already started their great migration. The detail and pictures keep me awake at night. Reading until my eyes hurt. I want to thank those people for getting me excited and wishing i was in their shoes every day!

My goal in keeping this journal is first and foremost as a record of the event. So that when I am 85 and limping around, I can show the youngins' what this old man used to be made of. Secondly, I think people are genuinely interested in the outdoors and nature. Recently thanks to television and movies, getting out in the wild is becoming cool again to the mainstream. A throwback to yesteryear! Even more so, the public are fascinated by the odd people who would want to endure such a long hike. Providing insight into the physical and mental makeup of this group can only help to highlight the brilliant national parks and public spaces we have in this country. That more than anything should be the goal of any of this. The fact that I have the freedom and option to walk continuously from Mexico to Canada should be celebrated. The amount of work and resources that goes into making mine and everyone else's hike possible is truly mind numbing. If me writing this can get one more individual interested and invested in protecting these wild places, then I feel it will have been worth it.

Side Table Discussion:

It has gotten to the point where I am sure I am going to get hurt. Today I was an idiot and stepped onto a less than sturdy ladder. Luckily I didn't do any real damage and simply stubbed my big toe, leaving me with a small black and blue bruise and a good pounding while I am writing this. Being that I am depending on my two feet to get me over two thousand miles these situations are concerning.

Ladder 1 - Steve 0

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