This is my last post before I head off for my next adventure! In just a few hours, I’ll be headed to San Diego. Jacob is coming to see me off and we’re staying with some friends from grad school whom we haven’t seen in far too long. It will be great to catch up with them and our other friends in the area. Then, early Friday morning, I’ll be off!
Everything is set now: I’ve practiced pitching my tent several times. I double checked all the clothes I’m bringing. I fit all of my food in my waterproof stuff sack and practiced packing my backpack. I’ve done as much physical training as I could with the time that I had. I’m not sure how I could prepare for the mental and emotional challenges ahead, but hopefully my other travel experiences will help with that.
I just checked the PCT water report and it looks like the first 20 miles have no water sources so I’ll have to carry 4 liters of water to start. The first night I’ll camp near a lake where water is plentiful and then the next two days have better water access. Luckily it’s not supposed to be too hot near Campo; Friday’s high is predicted to be around 75 degrees. I’ve been warned that the Palm Springs area (near mile 210) is already getting to 100 for a high so I’ll have to enjoy the relatively cool weather while I can.
Wish me luck with everything and let the adventures begin!