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Begins: Apr 14, 2018
Date: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018
End: Los Angeles
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Almost on Trail
I'm in a motel near the train station in Los Angeles doing some final prep before heading down to San Diego. On Monday, I did my last training hike and was glad that it was the last one. I was getting tired of training hikes and am anxious to be doing the hike that I have been training for. Luckily, it was a nice day with sun on and off and temps around 60-65! I added up how much training I have done over the last 7 months and it turns out to be equivalent to almost 1/4 of the PCT. On my training hikes, I have walked 640 miles and climbed more than 117,000 feet. That is so much more than I did to prepare for my 2015 hike. I'm hoping that it will pay off with a little bit less pain in the end. In 2015, for about 1,000 miles, I had achilles pain which I hope not to have this time since I have done so much elevation during my training.
On resupply, I prepared my boxes to send part of my needed food to locations along the trail. I have packed up about 2500 calories per day to send down and I'll shop for the rest. I won't eat much more than that at the start but within a week or so I expect I'll be eating around 3500 calories per day. This time I have way less boxes to send than last time. In 2015, I had 36 boxes being sent to 31 locations. This time, I have 23 boxes being sent to 23 locations (and most of the boxes are smaller). That will be much fewer trips to the post office for my loving family. I also sent the first box out before I left.
Yesterday, I took my wife and son to the airport (very early) for a short trip to go look at some colleges. I then went home, packed my backpack and bounce box, and caught a ride with my daughters (Chris and Lexi) and their cat (Mochi) to the train station. I boarded the train and settled into my small cabin for the 36hr trip to LA. I started in cloudy/rainy conditions in Washington, headed into heavy snow going over McKenzie Pass in Oregon (which I will be at in a few months), then entered sun in California. On the train, they have community seating at meals and I had great discussions with several interesting people. One meal, I shared with 2 artists who live outside of San Francisco. One of them makes wearable art for belly dancing. Another meal I shared with a doctor and his young son. The doctor had been on many palentology expeditions to all kinds of cool places like Mongolia, the Atacama desert, etc. He was no longer doing expeditions and is now working on creating an oral snake bite antidote (maybe this will be used by future PCT hikers). His son Daniel wants to raise birds when he grows up and was thinking that it would be cool if there was an underwater train.
In a couple of hours, I'll pack up, check out of my room, and head to the post office to mail my bounce box to myself. Then, I'll catch the train to San Diego and wait for a while before I will be picked up by Trail Angels who will take me to the house of Scout and Frodo. Scout and Frodo are Angels in San Diego who host hundreds (900 last year!) of hikers as they transition through San Diego on the way to start their hike. You can see them here: http://sandiegopct.com. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they will get me from the train station to their house, feed me dinner, give me a place to sleep, feed me breakfast, and get me (and a bunch of other hikers) out to the PCT Monument on the Mexican border near Campo, CA. It will be good to meet a bunch of other hikers at Scout and Frodo's and share in their excitement.
The next time that you hear from me is likely to be about 10 days from now when I get to Idyllwild, CA. I might do a brief update in Warner Springs, CA, but will have to see whether I'm too tired:-)
Again? Cause It's Fun!
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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