Firstly, I’d like to thank my parents for being such wonderful trail hosts. They put me, their homeless son, up for a few months while I prepared for my trip over to the United States.I had a home but sold it which in-turn brought on my Pacific Crest Trail adventure. Hopefully my parents will feel, as I do, that for the duration of my stay the relationship took on a somewhat symbiotic form. Having said this, I can’t help but feel like I was the one who received the better deal. Mom and Dad, it is my hope that you are a little more settled in you relatively new home.
It’s strange to think that if all goes well for my brother and I, we will both be away from Australia for a total of seven months. For myself, there are parts of the Gold Coast I will surely miss. Watching the many storms that drift past over the ocean will be one of them. Joining my parents for the occasional dinners out will be another. Then there’s my Mom’s light up reaction when I’d offer to make her one of my special coffees to get the day off to a good start. I wasn’t quiet sure which was worth more, the actual coffee or my Mom’s reaction to having one of my secret recipe coffees personally made for her in the comfort of her home? It’s these small things which make life – well, life – and a life worth living.
We are five minutes from boarding flight VA615 to LAX. All the work is done on the home front. All my brother and I need to do is take a connection flight through to San Diego, pack a few food boxes to see us through for the first 50 days on trail which is roughly a third of the thru-hike. From there I have hopefully worked out the most efficient way to do two things simultaneously. One, to gather food from adequate supply towns, and two, to post part of our gatherings ahead for down-the-trail pickups. I have chosen for the most part, towns which seem hiker friendly as well as their ease of access from the trail. If things work out even close to the plan, we should be in for quite a hike.
It’s a 13hr 5min flight to LA with a short stopover before hopping onto SkyWest Airlines which will see us through to San Diego in no time at all. Now, time for some onboard breakfast and a latest release movie.
We’ll see you there! 🙂