[Cdt-l] Dreams Coming True
doug-sue at centurylink.net
Wed Mar 13 01:35:00 CDT 2013
I just dropped a note to Erin/Wired about her list of CDT hikers.
This is what I sent her:
Thank you for your list. I have been hoping and planning on taking a
longer hike on the CDT and every year up until this year I have been unable
to do it. But I would follow the CDT-L to see who was hiking and try to
follow their progress- your list of hikers is a great way to keep track of
who is out there.
So thanks to you both! (to Liz and Erin)
I remember when I was into the cancer stuff and unable to pack at all for a
few years how much interest I had in following this list and seeing who was
out there hiking. One of you wrote my name in the dirt up by the Parting
of the Waters in WY. I don't know if I will ever see that spot, but it was
a great moral boost for me during a very difficult time. At least I got my
name out on the CDT. That was something.
4 years ago I was Dx with stage iv prostate cancer- the cancer had moved out
of the prostate into the bladderneck. I had surgery, radiation, hormone
shots and a few other related surgeries to fix my internal plumbing and then
told I had a 50/50 chance of a positive outcome at the end of 5 yrs. I am
still a little tired from the radiation, but otherwise, doing good, and this
hike is like a celebration hike. I am now 64, retired- I have the time!
I share this as just one of the stories that will be out there on the trail
this year. I like names and following hikers.
And I do enjoy seeing a list of who is out there every year. I have been
following the CDT-l for over 10 years. I am not sure how many map CDs I
ordered from Jonathan Ley, but I got a number of them- each year hoping....
Everyone on this list, thanks for the support and encouragement over the
years, and your help getting out this year.
I am less than 3 weeks from my start date.
So far on the CDT I have hiked:
Canadian border to Lincoln, MT
Yellowstone (Old Faithful) to Aldous Lake thru Mack's Inn, WY/ID/MT
Green River Lake, WY to Big Sandy Lodge TH, WY in the Winds
>From Cumbres Pass to San Louis Pk, CO (I have been up San Louis Peak 3x.
Once at night under a full moon!!)
>From Mt Elbert to just past the Ten-Mile Range in CO. That was actually a
sobo hike thru Beckinridge area.
A section in Mt Zirkel Wilderness, CO
I am not sure of the total miles, but I think they add up.
I have been waiting for New Mexico for a long time. Now is the time.
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