Date- August 25, 2019
Elevation- 6,699 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 16.8 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,248.9 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, windy, 70s, 80s
Injuries- tender feet
Pain level- moderate
Wildlife encounters- pronghorn
Days without shower- 0
Days without laundry- 1
Today was a little different than most days. Jetpack and I were up and hiking by 4:45 am. Today’s task was to connect our footsteps from where we hitched into Rawlins the previous day. In the dark of early morning we headed north on Hwy 287 for nearly 17 miles. We hiked at a blistering pace without any breaks – finally reaching our target spot on the trail by a little after 9 am. From there, I sat down on the side of the road again while Jetpack did the hitching.
It took 20 minutes before a father and son (towing a horse trailer) pulled over and gave us a lift into town. From there we grabbed breakfast, and still had time before checking out of our room.
The plan was to hike another 15 miles to a reservoir and call it a day. However, I was having some shooting pains in my right foot. Quite frankly, I also had a lot of work to do on the journals and blog. Hence, I decided to stay another night and get work done. Jetpack hiked out with plans for us to meet in Encampment, Wyoming in two days. This will require me to hike about 65 miles in two days. I’m banking on being able to manage that. As of right now, I’m only 100 miles from Colorado. I’m greatly looking forward to getting there within the month of August. Colorado is the last big obstacle of this trail…
On another note, keeping up with these daily journals is exhausting. Please allow me to share some insights about what goes on behind the scenes of this process. It adds a level of difficulty to the hike that’s hard to convey. I wish I could accurately keep track of how much time is spent on these, as well as how much sleep and free time I sacrifice to keep up with them. I know it may sound like I’m patting myself on the back or expressing frustration… But to be honest, I’m using this as an example of what I talked about yesterday in regards to finding personal meaning and fulfillment.
Writing these journals each night out here isn’t easy. It isn’t fun staying up every night when I just want to sleep. Additionally, it’s not fun sitting in a motel room all day on my zero days trying to edit, fine tune, sift through and upload photos/journal entries, and manage a blog from a cell phone; knowing I could be exploring or hanging out with other hikers, making new friends, and experiencing new things instead. I would absolutely rather be doing all of those other things than this.
I derive an immense sense of purpose, fulfillment, and meaning from communicating about day-to-day life on the trail … while maintaining a record of what I see, do, and experience out here. It also gives me immense joy to share the journey with you the best way I can. The sacrifices made to bring these words and images to you are well worth the extra burden and difficulty they add to this journey. It ultimately enriches my existence to know that others are finding joy, inspiration, information, and hopefully the courage to pursue similar adventures or endeavors of their own.
So after the hiking, this is what I’ve been working on all day. Not this post exclusively, but everything from the past week. The 24-hour challenge threw a major wrench in my productivity. Tomorrow, I’ll head out as early as I can manage, with plans to get as many miles over 30 as I can. We’ll see how it goes.
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