If you haven’t already heard, the New Mexico desert heat was just a bit more than I wanted to tolerate, so I got out of the oven for now. My plan will be to start again next year, earlier in the season, when the temperatures are a bit cooler and easier to deal with. It was a great learning experience where I still managed to cover 83 miles in five days of hiking. During most of those days I was trying my best to avoid any walking between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. due to the intense heat during that time of day. So don’t worry, I’m not giving up on the CDT yet, just postponing it until April of next year. 🙂
To pass the time between now and then I plan to enjoy the summer, fall and winter in the cool rivers doing what I love best, whitewater kayaking.
Glad that you are still looking forward to your journey. I finally got back on the AT after dealing with my right Achilles tendon for months only to come back off four days later with it twice the size it’s suppose to be. I feel your disappointment. I too will just enjoy the summer with my wife and family. We’ll be kayaking in our neighboring lakes. Enjoy. God bless.
Will, Thanks! Looking forward to an earlier start next year! Hope you and the family have a great summer! Happy Trails! WW