The Night Before

It’s nearly midnight. After a day of delay, the trail starts tomorrow.

I’m not certain how to feel. Waves of fear, enthusiasm, anxiety, excitement, regret, and anticipation are slamming into me, one after another. The day has been full of plotting and planning resupply strategies with my wife, packing and repacking Idris and my food supply, updating lists and ledgers and and addresses. I’ve been unsubscribing from email feeds so my inbox doesn’t explode; my SPOT is hooked up and ready to relay my status to my family; maps have been sorted and stored for future pick-up.

My brain is in so many places that I’m not certain any of this makes much sense. But I thought it would be useful to inaugurate my daily blogging on this eve before the journey begins.

On the night before an epic quest, does every pilgrim feel this?

My pack weighs 32 pounds, with about 8 pounds of food and another 4.5 pounds of water. At times, it feels monstrously heavy; at others, I’m surprised I have as much crammed in there as I do. My whole life reduced down to 60 liters.

The most important parts of my life I’m leaving behind me, though they are squarely in my favor, and I’ll be seeing them at resupply stops along much of the way. After long talks with them this evening, I’m more enthused, more determined, and more heartbroken about leaving.

Poncho Denver Born Dancin' My Better 7/8ths

One foot in front of the other. That’s all I need to worry about for the next many months. Voy con Dios.

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7 thoughts on “The Night Before

  1. Bon voyage, and God bless!

  2. annathrax

    Good for you! Looking forward to following your adventure! God bless!

  3. Summer

    Look forward to following you!! Stay safe, good luck, and sending good vibes your way!!

  4. Kathie

    Kissed all your family this afternoon, cheered for you over and again in my heart, showed Grandma the blog and pictures, and prayed for a cozy night for you as I drove home through fog. You are loved!

  5. Godspeed my friend, see you in Oregon come August. . .

  6. Praying for you daily; not just for safety from bears and such, but that you will be truly present every day of this experience and that it will be one that you look back on as enriching, monumental, and life changing. I really can’t imagine it would be anything but these things, really. You are an inspiration sir, you truly are. Yesterday while I was at a meeting for work at the library, I passed one of the tables of books they have on display. At the top was a book about the Pacific Crest Trail. It made me smile for you, my friend!

  7. jqtilton

    Sir Slusser! I’ll be sitting in SBVC graduation tomorrow morning wishing I’d signed up as your Sancho Panza … Enjoy! tiltonthegroundling

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