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Quick paced 5 mile hike up to Iron Springs Trailhead. Nice workout on a very windy chilly day.
Finished passenger side of garage paneling and installed 1/2 plywood to mount water system equipment. Progressing a little slower than I would like but it’s all good.
Plenty of work on our van and a short walk later in the afternoon.
Great conversation with Karyl and got caught up on all about her trip out here to see me off.
Found out Willow will not be joining us on the PCT. Her business is being sold as of this coming Thursday and she is accepted into a spiritual retreat center in Utah. She acknowledged me for getting her to this point and thanked me.
Hiking through the Granite Dells here in Prescott this morning after a great omelette at Saint Michaels hotel downtown Prescott.
More work on the solar panels to be installed on the van. Got all the wiring organized to connect the panels together and to run down into the van to com to the charge controller.
Repackaged the new delivery of Hawk Vittles meals into vacuumed sealed bags. These were put 8nto the box going to Kennedy Meadows box and the Isabella box.
Nice chat with Brenda today a hiking buddy. Connecting with Karyl tomorrow.
Managed a swift 4 mile hike today out behind the house. More organizing resupply boxes and making notes on ETA and when to mail.
More work on the van insulation and solar panels.
Had a great evening of conversation with Kurt up at The Raven Cafe. Great food and beer.
Day organizing supply packages and setting up a dry run with the solar panels on the van roof to see what cables I might be missing. No hiking today.
Really nice conversation with Karyl. She seems to really miss me and really able express her feelings and emotions more so than in the past.
Day spent organizing pack and taking a practice hike. No issues with my body. I feel I am getting stronger. I ran into a young man Jackson that lives here in Prescott on Trail today. He too is hiking the PCT starting on May 17th. He was carrying his pack and seemed to be excited about his start.
I did a short fast hike and really pushed the climbs.
Further insulation work on the van after I bought a new bundle of insulation at Lowes. Kurt had a client meeting in the morning and I worked on the van. After lunch I help mKurt install a washer/dryer at a clients house. Lots of good connection time with my brother-in-law. Getting to know him and hopefully providing some others points of view to his world without being uncomfortable. I am pleased.
Too a break from hiking today. Starting to make plans to get off trail and get to Ashley and Fred’s house for her birthday in May.
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.