T minus seven for the Colorado Trail!

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.

backpacking food for colorado trail

We’ll send these supply boxes to post offices in small towns along the trail.

Our dining room is filled with backpacks, sleeping bags, water filters, tents and other assorted gear one needs to hike 500 miles.

tents and backpacks

We’re not used to packing in backpacks. This is a whole new experience!

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!

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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15 Responses to T minus seven for the Colorado Trail!

  1. Rain May 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    How fabulous! I always fantasized about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, but it never occurred to me to hike the Rockies – even while I was living there! Wishing you all the best on your latest adventure!

    • Nancy May 22, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      @Rain, I’d like to do the Pacific Crest Trail as well. Unfortunately, as long as the boys are taking classes through the schools, we won’t have time. Boo hoo 🙁

  2. Living Outside of the Box May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Yay! It’s getting closer! I hope it goes better than hoped (foot-wise), and that you have a great time!

  3. On Track May 22, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Good luck hiking the CT, Nancy and all. Hope your feet and knees do well. Also hope you find the trail in pretty good condition. The volunteers have begun their maintenance tasks but, with your early start, you’ll beat some of them and you may find a few downed trees. Best to you!! Post trail conditions on our CTF facebook page if you have a chance…it’ll help your fellow trail users.

    • Nancy May 22, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      @On Track, Thanks Bill! I’ll post when I have a chance to get online. Hope it’s not too awfully dreadful up there!

      • On Track May 22, 2012 at 10:57 am #

        @Nancy, Let us know if you’d like to be added to The Colorado Trail Foundation mailing list, Nancy and all, our newsletter is ready to mail and we email updates now and then. ctf@ColoradoTrail.org

        • Nancy May 22, 2012 at 11:03 am #

          @On Track, Please do add me to the list! I’d like to know what’s going on with the trail.

  4. Rebeca May 22, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Exciting! I look forward to having kids old enough to backpack with! Hope it’s fantastic.

    • Nancy May 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      @Rebeca, Our boys went on their first backpack trip at age 4 (or maybe 5??). All they carried was their water bottle and toys. You know, the important stuff.

      • Rebeca May 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

        @Nancy, Ours are 9, 7, 4, and just turned 2. I think we have a few years before I can even think about it! But someday, we will. We’ll just have to start small.

  5. Justin May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    You just saved me! Packing up and sending to post offices is genius! I couldn’t figure that out. Can you do a post on the foods you bring? That would be great for me, I’m sure it would help others as well.

    Good luck to you guys. Great adventure – I love it!

    • Nancy May 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      @Justin, Good idea. I will do a post about food for backpacking – it’s a whole different way of shopping!

  6. Val in Real Life May 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Excellent adventure! Looking forward to seeing you at TBEX.

    • Nancy May 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

      @Val in Real Life, I can’t wait to get to TBEX! It’ll be so great to meet up with so many wonderful people!

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