Gear, Check. Flight, Check. I’m Ready to Go
The last few months have flown by. All my training plans, blog plans, and general taking care of things have gone by the wayside, something which I just have to accept this final day home.
I did just take the obligatory gear picture:
And yes, I am missing a few items that I ordered in the U.S. (bear bag, trowel, bandana, sunglasses, Dirty Girl Gaiters) and no, I am not taking the gas canister (just for the picture impression).
This last day does feel filled with a little unease about having everything together, though: should I still make a pot cozy? Am I taking too many pills and first aid? Should I double-check my insurance? What papers should I print for the U.S. customs? Is everything organized enough in the house for my boyfriend?
Mostly I am getting a little scared about my body being prepared enough: my knee felt a little off while hiking in the city the other day. My lower back uncomfortableness is playing up again. My shoulder still feels tender. I did not do my “hiking a few times a week” training, but I did go to the gym, even though I know nothing prepares you enough for hiking as to go hiking.
Leaving my home, boyfriend, family, and friends behind does not feel real yet, since my mind is so singularly occupied with gear, leaving, and preparation. I did say goodbye to most people, but I know it will only hit me once I am there, that I am really planning to stay there for six months.
But you know what? In one hour I will shave off all my hair, all my gear is ready to get packed, and my plane is leaving in less than 24 hours. I am strong and ready to go! (I keep repeating to myself .)
P.S. I don’t know if it is going to be something I will be able to continue on the trail, but I did (or rather my bf) put together a little vlog of my last hiking trip in Holland. So if you are interested:
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