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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jun 27, 2012
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Start: Rochester NY
End: Rochester NY
Daily Distance: 0

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Planning Exhaustion

Planning Exhaustion

Well, I sit here about a week away from starting another hike. If interested in who I am check out this link to my New Zealand journal from last year.

Since I quit my job and started that journal in December 2011 I spent 5 months hiking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail and then 1 month cycling the length of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin. Both trips were amazing. If you have any interest in hiking New Zealand check out my summary of the trail:

My original plan was to do the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) this summer and I had done some planning back in San Diego last year. Around halfway through the Te Araroa trail I decided there was no way I was doing the PNT. The Te Araroa was quite difficult and I couldn’t imagine hiking another really hard trail back to back. I thought maybe of doing the 2nd half of the AT that I left when Lisa and I split in 2009. I figured this would be easy and fun with all the hikers around. Then I got all psyched up to cycle the Great Divide Trail. Then I flipped back to wanting to do the AT. Then I emailed Annie and told her and she proceeded to yell at me (I believe the word “pussy” was used several times). Her point being that when I looked back on this extended adventure what would I remember the most? The easy, fun AT that I’ve already done or the crazy, hard PNT that I’ve never done before? She snapped me out of my exhaustion and I quickly decided to do the PNT at that point and haven’t waivered since. Sometimes you need to be called a pussy to make a decision.

I left Australia on May 23 and 36 hours later I landed in Los Angeles on May 23. Since then I have been in a constant state of Planning Exhaustion. Actually first I was in sleep deprived, alcohol induced exhaustion from 4 days with friends in San Diego. After that I flew to Rochester to spend the next few weeks with my parents and a great visit with the niece (and sister/brother-in-law too :). And since then I’ve been in a state of Planning Exhaustion. I’ve been planning for a paddling trip this Fall and I know nothing about paddling gear so that combined with planning for the PNT has taken up a lot more time than I expected. Plus I haven’t been sleeping well for some reason and I’ve been eating all the food I love but it’s probably part of the reason I always feel so tired. Otherwise, being at home with the family is really nice. Loud, but fun. One of the nice things about taking so much time off is that I can spend several weeks at home and spend time with my parents which normally I could never do.

So that’s where I stand right now. About 1 week from now I’ll fly to Glacier National Park and start the PNT.

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The 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail runs from the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park west to the Pacific Ocean at Olympic National Park.

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