After what seems like eternity the train arrived. It’s now about 11:30 PM and I learned while waiting it would get here at that time, but would depart at 2:45 AM. I’m hoping I can get on soon and find my Roomette which I’ve learned indeed has a bed. Ahhh, sweet rest is only moments away…
So I’m killing time at the San Antonio train station. I’m killing a lot of time. I’ve just killed 1 hour. Only 10 more to go. The only positive thing to look forward to is that I’ve reserved a Roomette. Whatever that is. Maybe it’ll have a bed. Any bed will do. I’m not picky. But I’ll only have it from 2:45 AM to try to sleep so it might be a short lived luxury. Time will tell. Oh, have I told you that I now have on 9 hours and 45 minutes. I can’t wait. Actually I can wait. I must wait. I will wait. Sigh!
My train from Austin at 6:30 PM was canceled. Argh! They phoned and said I could get on in San Antonio. So Kathy and I drove the 90 minutes south to San Antonio after my lunch with my family: Matthew, Katie, and Kathy. The only problem is I’m here waiting at 4 PM and the train arrives at 2:45 AM. Yup, AM. Ugh!
Lots of trail food for my initial hike and three resupply packages. This is only about 22 days of food.
I like to record when I get new trail shoes so I know how many miles I have on each pair. So here is a picture of the old and new ones.
As the new year became a reality so did my next challenge – the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). I’ve bought my AMTRAK train ticket from Austin TX to Lordsburg NM leaving April 30 and arriving May 1. I’ve made a reservation at the Lordsburg NM Econo Lodge for the evening of May 1st, and reserved a seat on the CDT shuttle to Crazy Cook for the morning of May 2nd*. Where I’ll begin my journey northward.
Although it seems that this might be a very recent decision because of this post today please know that I’ve been preparing on roads, hills and trails around Austin since this past September. Starting at 20 pounds and 40 miles per week I’ve progressed to 35 pounds and about 55 miles per week and will continue to build to 80 miles per week until next April. Since September I’ve hiked about 750 miles in and around Austin.
Also I’m getting my gear together. I’ve had my ZPacks Hexamid tent repaired with new netting, replaced my Gossamer Gear hip belt, and a bought a bunch of other stuff including a Delorme Inreach Explorer to replace my SPOT.
Naturally through these months I’ve had my doubts about whether I’m physically capable of doing another long hike. But as my daughter has told me, “It’s not real until you buy the ticket.” So the train ticket was bought today and it now looks like I’ll be doing this long hike. Wish me luck, because I know I’ll need it.
*UPDATE: I accidentally reserved for the shuttle for May 2, 2015 (last year), but have since sent them an e-mail and when the updated 2016 site hopefully I’ll be on that list. UPDATE2: Yup I’m all set and on the shuttle for May 2, 2016.