Today, I’m leaving on another long-distance thru-hike – this time it’s the Colorado Trail. A 486-mile southbound trek through the Rocky Mountains that starts just outside of Denver and ends in Durango, CO.
It’s my first time back on trail since completing the Appalachian Trail at Mt. Katahdin in July of 2019. A lot has changed since then. A lot will change further. But for now my life is back to being guided by a trail. And damn, I’m excited!
I’m not worried, but I am nervous. I’m mentally prepared, but not perfect physically. I’m motivated, but not unrealistic. This may be the last long-distance trail I’ll hike for awhile. I’m determined to enjoy this one. Enjoy the hell out of it.
If I make it all the way to Durango my feet will be hurt and my heart will be full. But if I don’t, well – the same will be true. Every moment I’m here in Colorado will be lived with a reminder of the past and a nod to the future. Trails have already given me a life’s worth of experiences, so has the life we’ve all lived since I finished the AT. It’s been weird, it’s been hard, it’s been real. I’m ready to have some fun and relax. If you get anything from my words and my walk I hope it’s a kick in the butt to get outside and do something crazy.
Follow along as I walk. I’m going to post as often as I want, when I want. Blogs may not look like they did on the AT. I give two promises – I’ll be honest and I’ll let you know I’m alive. The trail will provide everything else. Thank you for being a part of this journey. If there’s something you want to ask or hear about, let me know, I’ll write about it.