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Mike Gundry
City: Cameron Park
State: Ca
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 2, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Feb 7th, 2019
Trip Distance: 2,605.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 230
Journal Visits: 93,303
Guestbook Views: 1,783
Guestbook Entrys: 101

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After action report

Well I’m back. It has taken me a while to return to writing. I’m not sure how many of my followers will read these next few “after” hike post but I feel I owe it to them and myself to finish my blog with an after action report. Although I am retired I have been very busy with family life. Upon my return I spent many of my days helping my Mom and Dad. As you may recall my Dad had a stroke before my hike and we had to put him into an assisted living facility. After a rough few months of doctor visits and many ambulance rides we brought him home under hospice care and he passed away in December.

When I got back I weighed myself and I was at 159 pounds (I hit the 150’s!). My weight when I started was 187 for a grand total loss of 28 pounds. I have since gained all my weight back, damn beer. My feet hurt and I had the hiker hobble for a few months. It surprised me how long my feet continued to hurt. I was starting to think it was going to be a permanent thing. My frost nip toes took a little longer to recover but I’d say that they are 100% recovered now. I have many calluses on my feet where I got most of my blisters. The rest of my body has recovered but it did take me a few months before I started hiking again. I’m back to my 4-6 mile morning daily walks with a 15 minute/mile pace. At first I did not miss the trail at all and had no problem readjusting to non-hiking life. Lately thought I find myself missing the trail. I’m looking forward to continuing my brothers’ quest of completing the California PCT with a few trips this summer and I may take a few solo backpacking trips on other trails too. I also want to find a good place to set up some trail angel action to pay it back. If not this year than next I also plan on becoming a PCT trail volunteer.

I’m happy with my start date and how things went along my hike. Sure I had to deal with some snow and stormy weather in the sierras but overall it was good timing. My weather in the desert was perfect and I’d be surprised if the ambient temperature reached 80. Remember that my hottest hiking day was my first day in Washington. The postholing was terrible and in a high snow year there would be much more of it. Mosquitos! I hit them in Oregon but no matter when you start you are going to have a few weeks of hordes of mosquitos somewhere. The nice thing for me was being ahead of the hiker pack. There were many days of not seeing any other northbound hikers and plenty of solo campsites (remember I prefer camping alone). I also did miss many fires by getting an early start. The fires I did encounter I was able to walk around in order to maintain my complete foot prints from Mexico to Canada. The northern terminus was closed because of a fire for a few weeks after I reached it. How disappointing it must have been for the hikers that were not able to reach the end. Luck of the draw.

Soon to follow is my gear review,


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