GOOD LUCK to everyone about to start the long trails in the next few weeks!
- Go to the Grand Canyon
- Bike to Moab. Climb and mtb in Moab
- Get better at shredding downhill
- Go to at least 2 states I haven’t been to before (that means I might have to venture into the Midwest for the first time)
- Go back to NYC. Visit 50 museums.
- Get at least 10 interviews in for my writing project
- Do some CDT trail magic for a friend
- Hike at least two 14ers (shooting for Blanca and Elbert—of course, the two biggest first)
- Go to Rocky Mountain National Park
- Speed hike the Colorado Trail on my two week vacation
- Get better at bouldering
- Log at least 1,000 miles on my bike
- Go to Dinosaur, CO at let 6yr old Em geek out HARD on all the dino stuff
- Learn to ride a dirt bike
- Go to Whistler, BC
- See the ocean again. Wear a bikini.
- Go at least one month without buying any veggies that don’t come straight out of my garden
- Go to Yellowstone
…I took my first few steps on the AT, up Amicalola Falls, with a rowdy bunch of Boy Scouts from Dublin, GA cheering me on.
Those were the second hardest steps I’ve ever traversed. All I could think about as I ascended them was the last time I descended the three flights of stairs to my Berkeley apartment—the ups and downs of those, hauling a fridge full of rot that exploded, someone else’s possesions, and the things we shared—and I carried that stink and loss with me all the way to Katahdin.
The trail didn’t totally dislodge those feelings and they live with me a bit still. It did shake me up, though. Oil and vinegar mixed into a saltier, but not altogether unpleasant melange. I don’t know that I’m more comfortable with being shaken so, but I’m not entirely resistant to it any longer. There are ever more spices to throw in now, many less volatile and myself less vulnerable amongst them. I have the AT to thank for my patience with this ever changing composition.
I miss the AT. I only remembered today was my starting day while daydreaming about hiking the PCT on the treadmill. I’m excited for my next adventure and all the ones ahead. I am more confident in my abilities to wander safely, excitedly, and truthfully having not just summited Katahdin, but more so having woken up to clear skies in Georgia on March 3rd, and dragging myself through those first days alone.
I am grateful. I am so grateful. So it goes.
I’ve been trying to talk my friends into a massive bike gang ride to Moab this summer. It’s funny, everyone thinks it’s going to be super hard. I drove that route (about 160 miles) with my roommie a few days ago and it looked like a piece of cake!
Oh man, I was getting so excited thinking about how many miles you can cover on a bike when it’s that flat. Getting out of Durango would be the toughest part. It’s a long, crawling hill followed by a few not too crazy passes till Mancos. After that, though, it’s pretty smooth sailing till the border with Utah where there’s another not too bad, but longish hill to climb. It’s definitely do-able, even without touring bikes and being in great shape.
One of my friends lives way out toward Cortez anyhow, which is where I figured we’d crash for the night, breaking the ride up into two days. I guess we could drive out to Cortez and start the trip there, thus cutting out almost every major climb (of the whopping 3) that stands between us and those dang arches. I think it would be crazy fun to bonfire it up in Cortez then breeze on over to Moab, set up camp, wake up and wander around the arches and Canyonlands, then cruise back to Cortez for a BBQ. 15 of us all out on the road on two wheels!
I have about three months to convince everyone that this is a rad idea. I’m already pushing it hard. If I can maybe get some of the bigger skeptics out for a ride before the big one, I think I could maybe talk them all into it.
…Maybe I’ll just have to promise to supply all the booze.
twowheelsonegoal asked: which EV route are you planning on doing? ill be doing bits and pieces of a few of them this summer on my jaunt around europe!
I’m not sure. I am trying to figure out what I’m going to do starting Spring of 2015, but have been toying with a few ideas. I was looking at the EV routes after reading a little blurb on their website about an Iceland bike map modeled after the typical metro maps you see in NYC and Paris. I need to get back into working toward my midwifery certification, but wanting to travel a bunch while I do it, so thought about connecting different apprenticeships abroad with biking tours. I’ll most likely wander where I still have friends in Europe (Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, London), but we’ll see. Might try and do a year with Midwifery International in SE Asia instead. Might just hike the PCT over the summer then bike around South America doing various stints at birth clinics high in the mountains where some friends have trained. :-) A year is a long ways away!
Have fun on your European adventure! I’m sure you’ll see a lot of awesome things by bike.