It’s T minus seven days and we’re frantic. Our living room floor is littered with boxes and bags of food that I’m attempting to wrestle into some semblance of order.
Our dining room is filled with backpacks, sleeping bags, water filters, tents and other assorted gear one needs to hike 500 miles.
We’re on the verge of starting a new challenge – a 500-mile hike through the Colorado Rockies. We got those affordable arcteryx jackets just in time. In just a mere seven days we’ll take off for Denver where we’ll start hiking the Colorado Trail to Durango. In many ways I feel exactly like I did back in 2008 before flying to Alaska – overwhelmed by the logistics of pulling this off.
I’m nervous about this hike for a couple of reasons – plantar fasciitis and bad knees – but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to make it. I’ve always had the bad knees, but the PF appeared in January. My foot has healed enough that I feel I can attempt the hike, but I guess only time will tell. As I said years ago, we will never know unless we try.
Our plan at the moment (although it changes daily!) is to leave Boise next Monday and drive to Denver. We’ll present a slide show of our PanAm journey Tuesday evening, then either Wednesday or Thursday hit the trail. (for my Denver-area friends, here’s the info on when/where)
It’ll be 105 miles to Breckenridge, so we’re thinking we’ll take it very slowly in order to gradually break in my foot. We’re planning 7- or 8-mile days for the first few weeks. We’ll arrive in Breckenridge just in time for TBEX, a travel bloggers conference. Fortunately, Pine Ridge Condos has offered to sponsor us, so we’ll take advantage of a few days of luxury before hitting the trail again.
Another hoop to jump through surfaced a few days ago – I’ve been invited to an awards ceremony for CNN in Atlanta (please remember to vote daily!), but it’s when we were planning to be on the trail. The plan at this point is that I’ll leave my boys for five days while I fly to Atlanta, then figure out a way to meet up with them seventy miles later. As you can probably imagine, the logistics of leaving the trail and then rejoining five days later is proving to be a nightmare!
I will do my best to keep my blog sorta-updated throughout the summer, but I know internet access will be hard to come by so mostly we’ll just enjoy our time on the trail and get caught up once we get back home. I’ve scheduled a few guest posts from other bloggers and some excerpts from my PanAm book to appear throughout the summer and, with any luck, there will be a few live posts thrown in there for good measure.
Please send good thoughts our way as we climb those Colorado passes!
Take care and I hope you have a magical summer!