My first goal will be to reach the Grand Canyon, and I should be able to do that in 1 month and 5-10 days.
I recognize how many insecurities are in this endeavor, and if that is all I reach for financial reasons then I think I will have plenty of reasons to be proud. Of course I want to finish the entire walk, but reaching the Grand Canyon will be a major accomplishment.
Along the way I have some very real obstacles, and I wanted to talk a little about my plans for how to handle those obstacles.
On day 3 I enter Angeles National Forest, and a significant climb up to 7000 ft. Even though my goal is to walk 10 miles a day initially, that is probably not do-able in that kind of climb. I might drop to 5 miles a day going uphill.
But the biggest obstacle heading towards the Grand Canyon is without a shadow of a doubt the Mojave desert. I am working on a route that will guarantee me some kind of building at least once every two days so I do not have to carry more than 2 days of water on my cart, and I believe I am almost there.
At this moment I am hoping to make it to Mississippi by December. And then New York by early to mid spring. If I fall so far behind my schedule early in the walk that I find I can’t make up for it later then I might have to switch to a bike to avoid bad weather.