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Tagged With: Southern Terminus

Day 1: Off to a Good Start

May 1, 2015 Mexico border (0) to Campsite on trail before Lake Morena (12.5) 12.5 miles today 12.5 miles total Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 1,485 ft / – 1,170 ft

We couldn’t have asked for a better first day. Don, my mom, and I left La Jolla this morning full of first day jitters and more than ready to finally hit the trail. We’re a bit embarrassed to admit this, but with food, water, and fuel all factored in, our starting pack weights were 40 pounds for Don and 38.5 pounds for Rochelle. And we tried so hard to be ultralight! I guess part of the adventure will be paring down our supplies.  

Once at the Mexican border, we took our obligatory photos at the PCT Southern Terminus and then said goodbye to my mom and started walking toward Canada. Our plan is to keep our mileage low to start and then increase it once our bodies are more conditioned. So, we’ve planned for 12 miles these first few days, then we’ll meet my mom at Mt. Laguna for a re-ration, then 4 15-mile days to Warner Springs, and then we’ll go from there. Don and I made the mistake of starting out too hard on our cross-country bike tour, and paid for it with terribly painful knee problems that nearly ended the trip, so we’re trying to learn from the past and be smart about how we treat our bodies. 

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