A very good place to start…..most people by now have been asking why I am doing this particular hike or why a long distance hike in general and the best answer I can say is “I just have to do it, it’s in my DNA , I was born to do these things” I don’t know what else to say.
The humans and family that know me well have always known I was going to do this. As when I sat down and told my grandparents what I was planning for next year my grandma said “well we’ve always knew you would do this!” And my grandpa said “I have a ton of books and maps take any and all you want!” Needless to say they are very proud and supportive of all my adventures but this one they are very excited for!
My dad made this for me to remind me what I love to do and it still lives in my wallet with me every day.
It’s also in my DNA not just from my dad my mom rode her bike across the country when she was just 16 years old! She also didn’t have time to train as the story goes because it was also ski season …. which knowing my grandpa that couldn’t be more true!
Here are a few photos of my mom riding with the cyclemates in 1971!
My dad and sister also have done the STP ,Seattle to Portland, bike race as well here is my sister in 2010!
So yes I am doing this for everyone in my family and yes I am doing it for 100% me too. I’ve always been outside, always been on my own path, always been focusing on what I can continue to do to get towards the life I want to live but still fulfill my commitments of life at the same time.
There is no time like the present to just make it happen and I am determined enough to find a way to make it happen year after year. I am already committing to doing the CDT, Continental Divide Trail, in 2018 which is 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada as well but goes through New Mexico up to Montana.
The more I focus on me, my health, my passions for life the more I can’t stop doing them. It’s always been there but now it’s just my 100% focus. My dad taught me 99% of what I know and I know he’s with me 100% of the time everywhere I go.
I am my dad’s daughter ❤❤❤❤❤❤ 🌲🏔⛷🏕❄️🌲