When you have a dream for so long and then suddenly it’s all happening and it’s coming true that’s how I feel at the moment. And it’s not the crazy over-excitedness that i imagined you would have with a dream coming true. Instead it’s a deep contentment knowing that what’s happening is supposed to be happening. Last time I was on a long-distance hike it was the Camino and people kept saying how you change and there’s a personal revelation at the end, or in the process. Well this never happened to me. It was one of the happiest times in my life and I love every person I met on the Camino but then real life started again and all I wanted to do was to get back on the trail. Weekend hikes no longer cut it anymore, they just weren’t the same.
The Appalachian trail became my dream and then that changed to the PCT on the advice of a friend and that is now changed to the CDT thanks to Cheryl Strayed and her, although fantastic, trail destroying book.
So, where to that will keep me away from real life for a whole summer? Why, of course, I’ll pick the most challenging of the three trails. I knew it was right decision the moment I put my PCT books back on the shelf and contacted Jonathan Ley about getting a copy of his CDT maps. What a hero, making the maps available for everyone and thereby making the trail available for everyone.
I have two amazing friends who have promised to help me out by sending boxes of supplies to all my town stops so I’ll be well geared up and well fed. Everything is just working out so perfectly at the moment and I always feel that if something is meant to be it will happen and THIS IS HAPPENING!