Got some nice work on the van insulation. Decided to move forward with the next phase with the van. Using the product UltraTouch which is made from 80% post consumer blue jeans and no fiberglass. Yay! Also covering the jean insulation which is primarily for sound insulation and some thermal with Reflextix for thermal insulation.
Took the van to the shop for a fuel filter change that I am hoping fixes the fuel supply issue.
Went for a nice 4 mile hike in the evening up behind the house. Feeling good and getting lots of benefits from being here.
Lots of self doubt conversation yesterday evening and today. Is this journey really something I can accomplish? What are some of the reasons I am here, is the trek going to answer some questions I have about myself?
The last day or so has been an inner search to this delima. Self confidence was called into question after my 10 mile hike. Do I have it in me, can I in fact walk myself into the hiking shape I need to be in in order to complete?
This is an experience not only for me but for that love me. I get to make myself proud and my partner, my love and soulmate can get value from my experience and at the same time receive value from her experience. To set ourselves up for greatness beyond just living day to day in normal circumstances.
Got a much needed system installed on the van this afternoon. The system to charge the house batteries with the alternator on the engine while the engine is running. Making progress, always moving forward.
Put in the big mile hike today, 10.5 Miles this morning. Nice average of about 3mph. Felt a bit tired afterward but took a shower and got a second wind.
Helped Kurt with his restoration of his 69 Mustang. Tomorrow I will work on the van. Also may get in a short hike.
Red Beans and Rice for dinner....yummo.
Training hike today, bigger of the two loops behind the house. Getting better each day with acclaimation to the altitude here.
Had dinne4 and drinks at our favorite place here The Raven Cafe. Best sweet potatoe fries in town.
Van came back from the shop still waiting on fuel filter to get replaced. Back at the shop Monday morning to finish filter install.
More van troubleshooting the fuel issue and error code. Tried to remove the fuel filter but decided to bring the van to a shop instead. Not my cup of tea working on the van. Feels like I should of made a decision sooner but it’s part of my path to want to do things myself and not reach out. Message is I have the means to utilize others expertise and not be hung up about what it costs. Took the van to a local mechanic to fix.
Ate lunch at Bills Diner with Kurt and had a beer and a great hamburger. Also hike the larger of two trail loops behind Kurt’s house. Then walked with Kurt and Carrie around the neighborhood later in the day.
Feeling good but was a bit tired last night. Still not 100% on west coast time.
Nice FaceTime conversation with Karyl after she reached out about needing support with making her smoothie. Love that woman.
More hiking and getting acclimated to the altitude here in Prescott. Hiked the shorter loop up behind Kurt’s house today and getting used to the much drier climate. Which will greatly benefit me during the first 700 miles of the PCT.
Worked on more insulation in the garage area of the van. Started laying out the solar gear that will be mounted to the driver side wall in the garage. Will attach gear to 1/2 plywood and screw to the van shell.
Feeling a bit nervous about the start of the hike, knowing all will work out.
Talked to Karyl tonight, big shifts happening at work and her as Managing Partner in PAG. Nice to hear her standing in her power and creating a boundary.
Took a break from hiking and working on my Sprinter van. Starting the insulation process in the garage area and running a wire that will be a part of the charging system. Creating the system so the alternator will charge the house batteries when the engine is running. Very important. The system will also allow the solar panels to charge the starting batter if need be.
Another prep hike for me today. 5 miles mostly up hill, a good workout and a beautiful day to be out in the wilderness here in Prescott Arizona. The trail system around here is amazing. I am feeling pretty good being at about 6k feet elevation. My body is dialing in and I am looking forward to what’s next.
Wirkes in my Sprinter van some and I feel I am balancing both preparing for the PCT and getting my van ready for after the trail.
Honored to be hosted by my brother-in-law and sister-in-law here in Prescott.
Easter Sunday hike in Granit Mountain Basin with Kurt and Carrie. Feeling really good about how my body feels in 5k-6k altitude. Ran across some havolinas down by a creek bottom. A short 3 mike hike with some nice elevation Gaines and loses.
Grateyfor the fine meal Carrie prepared for Easter and we also got a visit from Jessie. Great conversation and sharing after dinner.
Halfway through the Smokies and my thoughts on bears, Gatlinburg and memories...
Well, I was a bit clueless when I got off the trail at Newfound Gap and didn’t realize I was headed into Gatlinburg on the double whammy of Spring Break and Easter Weekend! Reception on the trail was hit and miss and I texted my daughter to find me a place to stay. There wasn’t much left! I haven’t been to the Smokies in about 55 years now but it seems pretty much the same to me as I remember it! Maybe more of the same-candy shops, stuffed bears, t-shirts and chair lifts... My mom and dad brought us to the Smokies camping every August when I was a little girl. I guess that probably planted the seed of mountain love in my little heart way back then. Not that my dad was a primitive camper—we had his old Army tent and Coleman stove and cots and the works. But still it was the mountains and I remember wading in the creeks and playing outside. As for bears, our family album includes a photo of a full size bear with its front paws on the roof of our little Corvair looking for a picnic handout. So the bear issue has been around for a long time.
That said, so far I have had no bear issues. The photo is of cub tracks that I took after heading NOBO from Spence Field. I tracked Mom and the cubs for miles up the trail. One of the advantages of being the slowest person on the trail is that I see a lot of details. I have been hanging my Ursack on the bear cables to be on the safe side although I anticipate no problems. One fellow did lose his Ursack but he had tied it to stump—not a proper way to secure it since the bear can just pull it up and off. Poor bear though. Most likely he can’t get into the Ursack and now he is just mad. There have been some bear sightings near some of the shelters. I can’t wait to get out of the Smokies because I like stealth camping. So far, I have been lucky and all of the shelters have been full. This has enabled me to tent and I have not been forced to sleep in a shelter yet. I try to tent as far from the shelter as I can.
One of the conflict areas where I worked was Liberia-a country largely modeled after the USA. Rural areas suffer from a lack of clean water. As hikers we know how much work it is to collect our liter bottles of water—but imagine that you have to provide water for all uses for your extended family, elders, littles, the disabled and all. This arduous task usually falls to the women of the family. So I am supporting this project in Liberia. I know the groups involved and have met them personally in Liberia. Please read about the project for its interest when you have time. Donating is appreciated but not required. None of the funds go to my hike. Only to help the project get on its feet with an ultimate goal of self-suffficiency. GoFundMe.com/cleanwaterforliberia