A few months ago I wrote about my PCT infatuation and linked a lot of my favorite PCT hiking blogs. You can read that post here.
This morning I woke up early, which is not in my character at all LOL with this fully formed idea of walking the PCT virtually. I have done a handful of virtual races online, where you sign up - for money - to walk miles that go toward the goal of the race online. Usually there were about 20 to 30 miles total and took place in Rome or England or even bits of Route 66. You counted up your miles walked and uploaded them to the race site and when you finished, you got a shirt or medal. It was fun and it held you accountable because you had to pay a small fee for it.
I was never able to find one for the PCT though and this morning I woke up deciding that since I couldn't physically walk it, I would do so virtually.
I need to figure the logistics of this now. I want to do a check in here on my blog every 100 miles and maybe find photos of the mile markers and some of the trail in the various sections, so I can see where I am virtually walking.
I will be using my Fitbit to keep track of my miles/steps and only counting the miles/steps of dedicated walks or runs, not just all my steps from morning to night. This is going to take me a long long time but hey, goals are good, right?
Most hikers have a window of time to walk the PCT due to weather. Heat in the desert to snow in the high sierra's and winter weather in Washington all factors into the hike, so I won't have to deal with that - but most hikes take about 5 months - 20 to 30 miles a day. I will be doing much smaller miles when I can get in a run or walk, but still, I like this long term goal. Good work out and at the end of this unknown time period, I will have achieved something anyway.
Goals, I haz dem.
Not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious