|Approximate Date||Location||Mile on the PCT|
|05/27/09||Beaver CG Sespe Creek|
|05/28/09||Sespe Hot Springs|
|05/29/09||Intersection Buck Creek|
|05/31/09||On the PCT!|
|06/05/09||Golden Oak Spring||583.4|
|06/07/09||Bird Spring Pass||631.4|
|06/09/09||Spanish Needle Group||673.2|
|Bus to Tuolumne Meadows|
|06/21/09||East Carson River Trail||1027.6|
|06/24/09||S. Lake Tahoe||1094.5|
|Bus to Reno, then to Quincy|
|06/25/09||Near Q-LP Rd||1232.7|
|07/04/09||Hat Creek Rim||1403|
|08/01/09||Shelter Cove Resort||1912.2|
I feel ok about skipping the miles I have already done most of them. I do not want to still be hiking in October. I don't want to be out there that long and I know that Tony would not like it. I don't want to be away from him and my birds for so long. I don't like being away from them and I don't like knowing they don't like me being away, either. I will already be thinking about them and worrying about my selfishness. I don't need to drag that out longer than necessary.
I also feel ok about redoing some of the miles at the beginning. I need the miles to gain fitness and strength. And these are great miles to do right in the thick of the main group of hikers. I will get to go to Kennedy Meadows with all the hikers and enjoy hanging out with them. I hope that there will be other thru-hikers on the trail once I skip ahead so that I am not too lonely.
I also don't mind redoing some of the miles throughout because these were some of the places I liked best. I will get to see them again.
In thinking about what is important to me, being with other hikers was one of the bigger joys of the trip. So hopefully my itinerary preserves some of that. Maybe I will end up at the front of the pack in Oregon watching all the fastest hikers walk by me each day. That will work out fine.
Also, it is not important to me that I hike the entire trail in one season. It's not even possible at this point anyway, since I didn't do it last year and I wouldn't be planning to start at Campo again this year. What is important is that I will have hiked almost the entire trail in two years. I will have all those memories. I will get to be out there for many months, living the life of the vagabond. That is what I loved most. Living the life, not so much whether my steps were perfectly continuous.
And so here I am, full of anticipation and hope once more, ready to put myself through all the agony again.