PCT Mile: 109
First. Brotha Ray. You need to click the WordPress link on the Facebook post to get the entire story 😜
3 stories follow…
The guys that know me might get a kick out of this. I dreamed that I was in a televised golf tournament. First hole, par 5, I crush my drive and birdie the hole. People are like, ohhhhh, this guy could be good. Second hole is a par 3 with a tough approach. I’m embarrassed that I don’t have a caddy and I start fumbling in my bag for an 8 iron. After much deliberation, I’m finally ready to hit the ball. I exhale slowly and hit a pretty good shot. As the ball is about to land, it hits a spectator and drops into the bunker leaving an impossible sand shot to the green. 4 strokes later, I put a double bogey on the card. Dream over. Now don’t over analyze this. I just suck at golf.
Today was a tough haul in the heat. I easily hiked my 10 by 10 and reached Barrel Springs to rehydrate. On the way, I passed the 100 mile marker…
I began to think about this milestone. It has been a ball buster week. I feel great but my feet are rebelling daily. On a scale of 1-10, they are at a 7 by the end of the day. Here are my goals so far.
1. 10+ miles by 10am…check. Grade: A+
2. 20+ miles per day when required…check. Grade B/B- I can do 20 miles by 3pm, but I’m wiped out. If I rest for 3 hours, I still don’t feel like hiking another hour or two.
So I started calculating. At my current pace, I should get to Canada at the end of October. Now that’s not going to work. My plan is late September. I was not disappointed but started to develop goal #3. My body must get to a level over the next two weeks where I’m doing 25’s & 30’s.
When I arrived at Barrel Springs, I met Jason. He finished the PCT in 2014. What a cool kid. I summarized my physical accomplishments and he was impressed. Most people aren’t at that level yet. He said to be patient and over the coming weeks my body would adjust. I would reach my 25/30 goal soon. Just don’t get injured and be patient! Cool! How fun is this?
Now here’s the story behind this picture.
This guy was just rambling to anyone who would listen. I heard him say 2 times over the span of 5 minutes that he was an attorney. After that, I started getting my pack ready. As I put it on my back, he saw my Delorme. He immediately started blabbing about his GPS messaging plan. When he was done, I told him that the unlimited plan removes all worries and eliminates a level of unnecessary stress. He said that it was too expensive. I said just charge your clients for 2 hours of consultation and it pays for the 6 month unlimited message plan. He said that no one wants his services. Okaaay. Nice chat. See ya.
Hang around long enough. A story always pops up.