As we navigated our way through the last mud covered switchbacks of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), we caught a glimpse of Monument 78 standing proudly on the border between the United States of America and Canada.
Today’s Milage: 13.7mi (22km)
Bush Camp: 12.1mi) to Boulder Oak: (25.8mi)
Remaining Miles to Canada: 2624.2mi (4,223.24km)
Today’s Milage: 12.1mi (19.47km)
US/Mexican Border: (0.0mi) to Bushcamp: (12.1mi)
Remaining Miles to Canada: 2637.9mi (4245.28km)
It was 3:50am – my eyes opened. As I went to take my earplugs out I could see my brother Kenyon was already gearing up for the day. I stared at the tarp above me knowing what my brother and I were in for.
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.
It’s actually quite an accomplishment to be well prepared for a thru-hike. By well prepared, I mean prepared in all areas which include training, equipment, knowledge of the region and it’s weather, a setup of communications while abroad from family and friends, permits, visa extensions, itineraries, finance for the trip as well as for ongoing home requirements.
A few minutes before starting the day, I just lay in bed thinking of everything I had to accomplish. A couple of months prior, I took comfort in knowing that I still had more than six months to prepare for the massive 4,264km (2560 miles) hike ahead of me. This morning presented a significant day. It finally marked six months before I’d depart Australia for the United States before heading out on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Time had suddenly turned from ticking – to tick-tocking.