Tomorrow I take off for Northern California. On Saturday I’ll begin my trek north along the Oregon Coastal Trail, en route to Astoria at the Washington/Oregon border. I am healthy, strong and ready to make walking my one-and-only daily task (which, depending on my mood and the scenery, may or may not get done).
At this point, I am simply ready to go. I’ve been preparing both mentally and physically for the past few months and bottom line is, it’s time to hit the trail. I am doing the trip unplugged with the exception being my crappy flip-phone. Not that it will come in handy in case of an emergency or anything, but it’ll be nice to check in with Katie when I have an occasional signal. I am also bringing along a lame little camera. But honestly, I don’t plan to keep it at the ready 24/7. I want this trip to be about the now. I want to see things as they are. Sure, I’ll snap a couple token photos along the way. But by no means do I plan to document it with photographs. It would be too distracting.
I’ve got 3 weeks and 3 days to walk alone and camp every night in a beautiful part of the world. If I make it the 430 miles or so to Washington, cool. If not, whatever. I haven’t any expectations for myself. I’d like to think that I’ll wake up every morning and meditate, do some yoga and write a bit before walking. But odds are the schedule will create itself.
When I am done with the walk I plan to blog about it as if I’m doing it all over again. I’ll use my journal and notes and whatever pictures I snapped to write daily posts. Mostly this will be for me to look back on and remember the adventure – but maybe it’ll help other folks who also want to do the trail. As far as I can tell, there’s nothing out there directing hikers along the OCT from south-north.
So for the time being, I’m going to be quiet. No regular phone calls, no email, no Facebook, no blogging. I’m just going to step out of this comfortable place and allow myself to be vulnerable to whatever comes my way. This is when I am most comfortable, after all.
A giant thanks to my friend Rod Bien, owner of Patagonia @ Bend – I promise the awesome shirt you gave me will look a lot better once I get a little sun…