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I did it!!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I am beaming brightly and smiling from ear to ear. Today's going to be a good day!

Ok, so I will start with the not so good. I did not finish the PCT virtual hike yesterday. I had planned on coming home from my board meeting and hopping on that treadmill and knocking out the remaining steps to make a 7.5 mile total. That didn't happen. The meeting ran long. After I went out for coffee with a group of people. When I got home, I let the dog out, took off my shoes, watched the news on tv & went to bed. Total miles for the day? 6.5

One mile short! No way? Yes, way.

This morning I got up 15 minutes early, got on that treadmill and knocked out that mile. I finished the PCT walk before starting my work day. I logged in my steps, signed the log book, browsed through the photos for the last day and a half. Looked at that cyber badge "I completed the PCT". It felt great.

Then I looked at my stat logs. 403 days on the trail. (little voice "it should have been 402"). Average miles per day 6.67 (little voice "remember when that number was 8.2? slacker). Numbers. What is it about numbers that triggers that negative chorus in my head? Shut up already!

I finished the PCT! I stuck with it for 403 days. 6.67 miles per day? That's over 12000 steps per day for me. for 403 days I walked an average of 6.67 miles. Sure beats sitting on the couch! Not to mention I FINISHED something! I ACCOMPLISHED something! I am going to pat myself on the back.

I logged in to SP. When I spun the bonus wheel I got 50 goodie points. It must be karma... so I bought myself a treat for finishing that trail! A new water bottle to take on my next virtual hike.

So today I am hopping on my virtual plane and headed to Florida. I will be hiking the Florida Keys from Key West to the mainland to a place called the Coral Castle Museum. Bye bye rain/snow, moose and maple syrup, hello sunshine, cheeseburgers in paradise, and palm trees!

This hike is only 138.8 miles. I hope to finish in less than 20 days. Sounds like the perfect spring break!

Other stuff, I got my shirt for the 5k. I begrudgingly ordered the 2x as it was women's sizing and they are usually pretty fitted. I was hoping it would be swimmingly big. It's not. I needed the 2x. Ugh. Goal? to be a XL next time!

When talking to my friend and telling her my sad story that the 2x fit, I confessed that this year I have been struggling with a case of the ef its. I hate that feeling. When nothing seems to matter and you just don't care - because I know under that stuff, I DO care. Her comment made me smile. She said "time to move on to the Gee's Barb".

So, on to the Gee's it is. Go Barb!

Here are my parting shots of the PCT.

Under this post is a log book which the hikers sign when they complete the trail!

Hiker Hui trying to remove the post. It's heavy!

Finally the post is out!

Where's the log?

Well, believe it or not, the trail isn't finished there are still a few more miles to go to get off the trail. However, we made it to Canada!

Posing on the maker that marks the crossing to Canada. They clear cut path of trees marks the border.

A few more challenging twists and turns.

One last bridge....

And here we are.... where the trail meets the road.

and on I go, on the road from Manning Park.

Here's a snapshot of my hike!

And here are my parting thoughts.... it is bittersweet to be at the trails end. I never thought I'd say that.

When I started I was totally excited. I had read the book Wild. I knew this was only a virtual walk and would have none of those inconveniences and challenges of the real trail. I started out in the California desert at the Mexico border. I'm virtually hiking the PCT! Yippee!

After a few weeks the excitement wore off. While I wasn't dealing with the challenges of the trail, I was dealing with my own set of challenges. What the heck was I thinking? Me, an obese II, 59 year old lady with a knee replacement is going to walk 2689.5 miles. Me, who never finishes everything takes on the longest virtual hike on the list. Right. I kept on.

Some days were stellar! My best day on the trail was over 30,000 steps in a day (which for a girl who does NOT run is lots of walking). Then the photos hooked me. I couldn't wait to see what the hikers saw on the trail. The longer I walked, the more photos I got to see! The scenery at times was breathtaking. I actually felt connected to the trail, the trail angels and the hikers. I started to set trail goals - to get to the next staging area by the weekend, to get out of the desert, to get out of California, to get to Oregon..... I kept walking.... to get to Washington, Canada..... and now I am here. I got my virtual badge for completing the trail. I am wearing it proudly.

I am smiling from ear to ear, I have a sparkle in my eye. I finished something. I stuck with it. Something big. Something challenging. Me! I did it!

And somewhere in my head a little seed has been planted, maybe someday my real feet will touch the PCT. Maybe for just one stage? Maybe I can see some of those things in the photos for real!

That day is not today. Today, I will pack my virtual bags and hop on that virtual plane and head to Florida to begin my next adventure in the Florida Keys.

If you are looking for something to motivate you with walking, check out the site walking4fun.com Challenge yourself!

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    Congratulations on completing the PCT. You beat me by about a month. I have 3 more days of walking to complete it and will have taken 432 days. An average of 6 miles or 10 kilometers per day.

    I agree with you that the pictures on walking4fun.com were what hooked me on continuing the virtual walk. I also liked the maps to see my progress. In February we got to see the PCT in person near Palm Springs at one of the highway crossings.

    Now time for the big decision on which trail to do next. Congrats again and keep on walking.
    1864 days ago
    Congratulations! That is a great accomplishment!
    1884 days ago
    Congratulations on completing the trail. It was probably from you that I learned about it. I am taking a leisurely stroll on the trail but will get to Canada one day.
    1885 days ago
    Congratulations!!!! Your virtual adventure sounds amazing!!! I think I am going to have to take a look at that site. The motivation that kept you going is great!!! I can't wait to see what the next one has in store for pictures!! Thank you so much for telling your story otherwise I would not have know that site!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1896 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'll definitely be checking out that website, thanks for reference.
    1898 days ago
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    Well done! Quite the hike and thanks for sharing it with us! Have fun with the 5k!
    1899 days ago
    Didn't know there was such stuff, WTG Barb!! emoticon
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    1899 days ago
    WOW Barb that is emoticon . You are amazing. I know you are so proud of yourself.
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    I just realized I had the caps lock on but if you will bear with me and attempt to read it in the heartfelt way I wrote it, I will again wish you an excited for you, Congratulations!!!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow, Barb! You are incredible!! I am so proud of you! I have been intimidated by committing to a challenge because I just don't seem to be able to follow through on anything (except the one trail you talked me into walking last year - I finished that one and felt so good!) Maybe I'm ready to start my next virtual walk - let's see how far I get!! If you can, I can - although I'm older and more decrepit, I am just as determined. Together we can do this!!
    1899 days ago
    That is so cool! Hooray for you! emoticon
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