Walk, Eat, Sleep, Repeat T-8

With one week to go before I jet off to San Diego, I wonder about the things I will miss most out on the trail.  There are many unknowns about walking the PCT full time for four months (and I suppose that’s the point) but I do expect life to get pretty simple: Walk. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.  Of the four, eating and repeating loom as the most challenging.

In these waning days, Katrina and I have been visiting all of our favorite food places including a quick trip north to the Willows Inn on Lummi Island. There,  the many dedicated acolytes transform locally sourced ingredients into ephemeral art.


Holy smokes. Anyone even mildly interested in food (or in need of scoring big points with the significant other) will be transported by the delicious, unique expressions of food there. My phone might just be full of food porn pics lest I forget that all meals needn’t be rehydrated.


If you know Katrina, you will know that her passion for cooking healthful food is  only transcended by her ability to do it well.  Without doubt, the empty place I expect to feel will have as much to do with hunger as it does with missing my home. She provides all the motivation I need to walk fast.  Note the wine choice here. Kat assures me that it has nothing to do with the PCT and foreshadows only another luxurious absence in my life as a thru hiker. I almost had her convinced that REI now sells dehydrated beer and wine.  Biblical references aside, I’d be happy for that little miracle but alas not.

Aside from missing my resplendent relationship with food, I wonder about coping with the simplicity of repetitive walking.  Getting up every day with the only objective of putting one foot in front of the other seems brain numbing.  My mind typically operates 24/7 solving puzzles, working out answers, planning next steps, and thinking about what’s to come. It’s pretty useful to jump out of bed having figured out how to rewire the vanity light in the bathroom while sleeping.  I expect that to fall away as life gets real simple, real fast but perhaps that will create an opening for something else? Or maybe I’ll be so dog tired at the end of the day that I will just sleep.  For the waking hours I have my iPod loaded with audio books and music but suspect that the quiet, stillness of nature will command attention and respect.

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” -John Muir

So who knows what will come? I revel in the great good fortune of getting to find out for myself.



2 Replies to “Walk, Eat, Sleep, Repeat T-8”

  1. I am in for this same challenge on the Camino, the difference being that I will be surrounded by MANY pilgrims along the way to talk to. I think it is the being alone while walking that would prove to be the biggest challenge. Being alone with my thoughts has always been uncomfortable for me. One of my greatest wishes for you is that you enjoy the solitude, away from the madness of technology and city life. Just enjoy the elements and see the beauty all around you.

    On the Camino they say there are three stages. The first is the physical as your body adjusts to daily hiking. The second is the psychological, where you find yourself possibly breaking down and crying a lot. And last is the spiritual, where it all comes together as you reach the end of your journey. I suspect that the PCT will home these same three stages for you and I look forward to hearing your reflections along the way (when you are able).

    Bright blessings my friend. Love you!


    1. Great insights Nina, thanks. I suspect I will be alone as I want to be on the PCT. The trail teems with hikers especially April/May in Southern California perhaps until the physical challenge exacts its toll. Many folks group together temporarily and I’ve heard the herd described as a big game of leap frog.
      In any case, the Camino sounds spectacular in its own right. Too many trails, too short my life. Buen Camino! When do you go?


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