I AM that old woman On the PCT

In the PURPLE BLAZE pack

With neon pink running shorts that don’t go and don’t suit me
I am spending my SS on UL backpacking gear
And Bedrock sandals, and say I’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the trail when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops, run my trekking polls along the wrong path,
Learn to spit, blow snot rockets and poop in the woods
This is a warning
I AM TrailTrish

My New Ride

I have just met a major life goal!!! I feel like superwoman!!!

It may not seem like much but I have wanted, for years, to be able to rely less on my car. Since I live over 3 miles from town, that has been a matter of being able to walk or bike the miles it takes to get to town, do my chores and, more importantly, be able to get back home alive.

Since deciding to do the PCT (way more miles a day than it takes to do a shopping trip to town) I have been walking to town a few times a week. That has been working out well but it does take a lot of time.

A couple of years ago I got a nice bike. It’s purple. Some of you KNOW what that means. It’s special. But when I got on it, my legs turned to wet noodles after a spin around the block. So I’ve been walking all these miles but biking has just been out of reach.


Well I am proud to announce that with my strength building regimen and far more walking and climbing than I’ve done before, I AM AT LAST ABLE TO RIDE MY BIKE INTO TOWN, AROUND TOWN, AND BACK AGAIN, WITHOUT FALLING OVER WHEN I GET OFF AT THE END OF THE RIDE!!! WooHoo!!!

So I have met a longtime goal of being able to get to town on my own steam whenever I like!

For my next trick I will walk from Mexico to Canada. Stay tuned.

My Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

“It’s impossible.” said pride.
“It’s risky.” said experience.
“It’s pointless.” said reason.
“Give it a try.” whispered the heart

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,660-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones.

I’m planning to walk/hike/crawl the whole thing starting in Mexico mid April and hopefully ending before my 70th birthday in Canada on the 6th of October.

I’m seeing out my 60’s in a way that I may remember in my 90’s. I’ll think back fondly on it the same way I now think back on my time in London and Oxford, 1978 – 1984, studying the violin and practicing Buddhism. It was a long time ago but I do remember I had a blast and learned a lot about myself and my world.

I also think back fondly on my time swimming with wild dolphins in 2003. I did that to learn what there is to learn by doing that. That is exactly why I am hiking the PCT, to learn what there is to learn in doing that.

I have had issues with my back ever since age 12 or 13 when I got kicked down a steep slope by a donkey while on a pack trip. I’ve lived with it being everywhere from sort of okay most of the time, to completely debilitating for long stretches ever since.

Finally I am old enough, thank you Medicare, to afford to get physical therapy. It has opened a whole new world! I think my current obsession with hiking the PCT comes from all within me that has been tamped down by pain and the threat of pain all these years wanting to bust loose for a change! I’m still not totally 100% and maybe never will be, but I’m sure to the point that I’m ready to bust out of this chair!

So that’s my story. That’s how I’m spending the next 10 months of my life, getting ready for and doing the PCT. If you would like to follow me in my journey I will be keeping a journal here Postholer.Com/scottfree2b with the blow by blow action.