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Mike Quillin
City: Walnut Creek
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jun 8th, 2018
Start: Walnut Creek, CA
End: Castella, CA
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 14.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 384
Journal Visits: 8,880
Guestbook Views: 565
Guestbook Entrys: 54

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PCT - Part Deux...

Well, after a month of licking my wounds and feeling sorry for myself that the PCT will not be the traditional thru-hike for me, along with accomplishing a boat-load of things that required attention around the house and yard, the time has come to saddle up again and hit the trail. Beginning tomorrow, June 9, I am going to start my quest again, beginning at approximately PCT Mile 1499, at the point where the PCT crosses I-5 just north of Shasta Lake. This is extreme Northern California, and there are a number of reasons for starting there. First is that it helps me bypass the entirety of the Sierra, where late-season snows have blanketed a large portion of the trail - reportedly over 50 percent of the PCT is covered with everything from a light dusting to a foot or more. Additionally, the related snowmelt has left some streams impassable, and based on some blogs I've been following, thru hikers are being forced to backtrack and move around large portions of the trail. Secondly, this allows me the opportunity to get to Canada by mid-August, which provides a bit of a buffer in terms of the potential early onset of winter in northern Washington. That will allow me the flexibility to get back to Kennedy Meadows (the official beginning of the Sierra at approximately PCT Mile 709 and complete the high Sierra before Thanksgiving. I'm resigned to completing that roughly 500 miles of desert during the winter, probably February/March 2019. Thirdly, and from a practical standpoint, Castella is a more straightforward commute for my support team, Jill and Max, who have agreed to drive me up there. It's still a 5-hour drive from the Bay Area, but it's all interstate driving and makes getting back home easier for them. And I guess finally, and very importantly, the Oregon and Washington portions of the PCT are simply spectacular, and the weather window promises to be ideal for that portion of the walk.

From a practical standpoint, I've given much thought to the nutritional issues that resulted in my previous struggles. I've developed a strategy that focuses less on long daily mileages, and more on adequate nutrition and rest breaks sufficient to prepare and ingest food. This probably seems like a no-brainer to most of you, but it was slow to dawn on me. I think I have it figured out now. I'm also encouraged that the concerns over water inherent to the desert country will not weigh as heavily on me in mountain and lake country going north. This will allow me the convenience of carry less water at any given time, thereby reducing pack weight considerably. I guess there's nothing left to do but shoulder my pack and point my walking shoes north. Stay tuned. I've got the mobile app for updating my blog figured out, finally, so I should be able to send updates more readily, and more frequently.

Best to all of you! I'm off!!

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