On November 1st, I successfully applied for a permit to hike north on the PCT starting April 6th of 2018. Successfully applied is not the same thing as approved. Today, I received my approval. It is go time!
Transitioning from running around like a chicken without a head to hiking a major trail is going to require some adjustment, especially my concept of time. I need to slow down. I need to clear my head. So, instead of flying down the day before, I’m going to take the train. It will be a long ride, but it is one I have always wanted to do.
With the trek approved, I purchased a one-way ticket from Milwaukee to San Diego starting on April 3rd and arriving on April 5th at 1:00 p.m. I just need a way to get to the trail. There is a bus that will take me, however, I’ve decided to ask to stay with Scout and Frodo.
Scout and Frodo are a husband and wife from San Diego. When they do not thru-hike, they host hikers. International hikers can stay three nights. National hikers can stay overnight. They will pick you up, feed you, let you sleep in their back yard, and take you in the morning to the Southern Terminus.
I am completely dependent upon the kindness of strangers to complete this hike. I’ve never lived like this. I just need to have faith.