I’m at mile 1416 today. I passed the 1/2 way point a few days ago, which was neat…but not all that exciting. I can just think of the remaining miles and the time I have left to finish the trail…and no doubt, it’s daunting! So to stop and get giddy about passing mile 1,325 just wasn’t really being true to myself.
I know, I know, what a downer! What a wet blanket! Lighten up, right??
I hear ya, I hear ya… 🙂
But I just gave to be realistic. I started a trail that runs 2,650 miles long, from the border of Mexico & California to just inside the Canadian border. I’ve broken every personal “Dug” hiking record after the first week, so 250 miles was kind’ve cool to think about…as was 500…1,000 miles. So now, with the added sense of urgency mixed in, I couldn’t get misty-eyed and open a bottle of champagne for passing the halfway point. I’m just not done yet.
I did the math a couple days ago, and it’s daunting. Way past anything I’ve ever done before physically. I’ll need your prayers.
To finish on time and assure I won’t get snowed off the Cascade mountains in Washington state, I have to average 28.5 miles a day.
To put that in perspective, I’ve only hiked one 30 mile day so far, and just two others that were over 27.5.
Now I have to do that…42 times in a row. Without fail. No days off.
Hold on everybody…it’s about to get very interesting…
(SIDE NOTE: So if you were waiting to donate to the cause, the time is now, folks. I just had a total stranger donate, which has happened several times so far. So, friends? Acquaintances? Friends of friends? Friends of acquaintances? Time is now, y’all! Donating is easy as can be, just look at the “How Can I Donate” page).
Also…side note #2:
(because of the time needed and energy required, I will not be posting any videos until after I’m done with the hike. I will be updating my blog, though, since I write as I go and all I have to do is cut-and-paste when I get to a town with Internet. Also, Internet might get spotty the rest of the way, so if you don’t hear anything, assume I’m still on the trail. If I am off the trail, I will have access to the net & will let everyone know.)