Hello everyone! I thought I’d give you all an update about my hike as I skip a few hundred miles of trail to catch up to The Herd and hopefully position myself to reach Cascade Locks, OR in time for PCT Days. I am currently hitching from Old Station, CA to a place on the trail near the Oregon border. This will give me two weeks to hike Oregon– also known as the 14-Day Oregon Challenge! That means I’ll have to hike an average of 32.5 miles per day with no time off. It will push me to my limits, as the longest day I’ve ever hiked was 32 miles.
I’m currently working on Episode 16, which should come out next Tuesday like usual. I’m taking the following week off as I won’t have time for editing while I’m hiking Oregon. Trailside Radio will return the following week. The next two episodes will be a little different than the previous ones, as I’m going to focus more on my own hike and record my day-to-day experiences pushing myself to make big miles. After that, I’ll be returning to the usual focus on interviews with hikers, trail angels, and others in the PCT community. Hopefully PCT Days will provide a wealth of stories, just as Kick Off did back in April. I will also be attending the ALDHA-West Gathering at the end of September.
Everything is going great. My ankle hasn’t given me any troubles in the last couple weeks, and hopefully it’s ready for the 32-mile days I’ll be hiking in Oregon. I’m somewhat disappointed that I haven’t succeeded at hiking every mile of the trail, but I have no regrets and my morale remains high. Money has gotten very tight for me, but my expenses should be minimal for the duration of my hike, and I do have resources I can turn to in case of an emergency. The occasional contributions I’ve gotten from listeners have been a big help, putting some of the money I’ve spent to produce this podcast back into my hiking budget.
To answer one of the questions I get asked the most: yes, I’ll be continuing to produce new episodes of Trailside Radio after this hiking season is done. It won’t be weekly– probably monthly– but I plan to spend the off-season interviewing other hikers about the adventures they’ve had this year on other trails, including the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Will I be doing another thru-hike (or nearly-thru-hike) next year? It’s too early to say. I won’t make that decision until after I finish this journey. But if– or when– I attempt another long-distance hike, I’ll be sure to bring you all along with me for the ride!
Thanks for listening. I still have 1000 more miles to hike this year, and I look forward to sharing the stories with you.