Yup. Not gonna do it this year.
It’s very unlike me to plan something and cancel it. It’s the finances. I have been working non-stop at at least two jobs consistently for the year and a half since I completed the PCT. The month of February I didn’t have a single day off and worked lots of overtime while also taking my Wilderness First Responder courses on weekends. It was insane. The stress caused my “problem” discs in my neck to swell up painfully again.
And still, with killing my body working so much, there’s no way I’ll have enough money for the hike. While I saved what I could and put thousands of dollars on credit cards to complete the PCT, and totally had faith that it would work out, and I’d find a job quickly after the hike and all… (and I DID) and I paid off the debt and started to save for the CDT, I don’t want to be in that boat again.
Plus, I’m friggin exhausted. I don’t wanna walk across the country right now. Once I finally got a day off, my new path became clear. I need TO CHILL. So I’m taking the next two and a half months off. I’m supposed to be an artist first of all things, I need to get back into that! I live in lovely Northern New Mexico, there’s great hiking around here.
I got me a lawn chair and a puppy. I wanna sip iced tea, ride my motorcycle. Train this new puppy (got last week) to ride in a basket on my bicycle and to wear her own backpack- to run and hike with me. I want to work in my art studio, to read, to have time to reflect….
I will follow this year’s CDTers and learn a lot. Hopefully next year I’ll be ready. For now I need to start living my life for reals- not just living between hikes.
Best to all you hikers, and I’ll post excerpts from hikers I follow here.