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Anniegustafson - Te Araroa Trail Journal - 2012

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Annie "little jerry" Gustafson
City: Columbia Falls/Omaha
State: MT
Country: USA
Begins: Dec 10, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Dec 3rd, 2011

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Canada Border, Pacific Crest Trail

Ready or Not, Here I Go!

The snow is falling in Omaha.....

I have one day left in Omaha before first heading out to see my brother in Los Angeles, and then on to New Zealand. I have spent the past month getting ready for the TeAraroa; weighing everything, cutting off every unnecessary piece of fabric, learning how to use the GoPro, trying to figure out what will go wrong and what I might need. Now, ready or not, its time to go.

My pack weighs more than I wanted it to; after deciding to carry all this video camera equipment- my base weight is almost 14.5 lbs. This is about 3 more pounds than I carried on the PCT, but hopefully I won't be doing as big of miles. Not sure though, I'm hoping to be back towards the end of April in time for the birth of my first nephew! (s) and possibly a niece!? Joe and Jame are having a boy! Kay and Brad? Big miles or not, I know the TeAraroa will be more challenging than the Pacific Crest Trail. And I'm ready for this challenge. Has anyone ever walked the whole thing? I'm not sure, a large handful of people have hiked the TeAraroa, but from what I gather most have skipped large sections. Buck 30 and I are planning on thru-hiking the TeAraroa, connecting our footsteps the whole way. It will be about 1900 miles, expecting to take about 4 1/2 months. A lot of unknowns, and a lot of adventure. But I can't talk the talk until I walk the walk.....

When the trail gets hard, I will remember how I felt on the 4th day of the PCT. Here is my journal about that day.

It was the fourth day on the trail. The wind was knocking me all around. One step on the trail-two steps off. The wind was winning. It was eating away at me. Blowing at a constant 20-30 mph, not letting up all day, and southern California yielding no protection. I had walked more miles than I ever had in one day the past 2 days, and my feet hurt so bad. Was I cut out for this? I yelled "I hate you wind" and sat down to cry. I wanted out of there. I looked around, should I just get up, turn around, and go home? I mean it was only the third day on the trail, how was I going to make it all the way to Canada? I gave myself an ultimatum. I could either quit, go home, and regret it, or I could except the fact that it was windier than hell, that the trail was never going to be easy, and it was always going to throw something in my face. I needed to except the trail for how it was going to be, and not how I wanted it to be. I needed to except the wind, except the fact it was stronger than me, and move on. So that's what I did, and I got up and walked to Canada.

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