Well… It’s on. Wait, off. Sweet, on! Dammit. Off. Definitely off.
Those aren’t Rob’s thoughts moments before he hopes to get lucky. No, those have been our thoughts over the past five days as related to the trail.
At the end of last week, we had to bring Rob to the Urgent Care. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a cougar attack (though there are quite a few of those women here in California). He broke out in hives all over his chest and back. The doc said it could be an allergic reaction but, more likely, it’s something viral as it’s slowly moving down to his legs. Whatever it is, he said not to be too concerned about it but strongly recommended that we don’t start the trail until it clears up. Since his skin is at a weakened state, it will be at a high risk of infection especially in the desert.
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of three long-distance hiking trails comprising what is known as the “Triple Crown”. Having completed the Appalachian Trail already, that left the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail on our bucket list. The natural progression for most hikers is to start with the Appalachian Trail as a sort of introduction to thru-hiking. Once completing that, and assuming that you actually enjoy tormenting your body for months on end, the next step is the Pacific Crest Trail.
That is the question we’ve been predominately asked upon announcing our plans to thru-hike the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail. I suppose once you hit your late twenties, that means it’s time to finally settle down. Well too bad, we’re stubborn.
After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2012, we were bitten with a bug. I’m not talking about the ticks that seemed to love Rob on our last trip but a pesky, annoying bug that we just cannot shake. Long distance backpacking is our vice.