The Day I Met Cat Tracks

Location : Key West IAP

While walking from the Key West NAS billeting, I eventually sat down on a low wall to get my bearings.

Not long into that break, Kat Tracks loped by at a comfortable pace.

Kat completed the AT in 2019 — I think.  Honestly, she was a such a good information source that it’s all blurring together.

After chatting for 20 minutes — at least, we continued on towards the Key West IAP.

This is the location the Greyhound dropped everyone off last night … at 1900.  (‼️).  A bench is (conveniently) located along the sea wall across the street from the IAP.  This is a good location to eat the Firepot breakfast 🥞🍳 I reconstituted earlier in the morning.

Grading on a pass-fail basis, I’d buy this meal again.

Today’s Goal …

Admittedly, this is an audacious goal.  I’ve never attempted to hike 21 miles in a single day.  But, hey, what about this ISN’T audacious — foolhardy, even.

I’ve eaten half my breakfast 🥞🍳 while typing this update.  After finding my salt tablets, I’ll continue northward.


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Comments 3

  • Kat Tracks : Jan 2nd

    I got a text from my friend Nimblewill Nomad whom I had the absolute pleasure of hiking with on part of my thruhike in 2021;) He invited me to Billy Goat Days which he will be at on the 27th. I am sure you probably know about this gathering of Florida Trail hikers – and about Nimblewill who did what you are attempting twice! (check out his books – Ten Million Steps). Anyway i can’t make the Billy Goat thing but if you see Nimblewill there tell him””Hi” for me!! And check out his blog. I am featured in some of his posts from his last AT hike when he became the oldest ever thru hiker. We did the southern part of Maine and the Whites together.

  • Allen Evans : Jan 10th

    Kat, thanks for your post!

    I’m just now receiving it on 1/10 — and boy do I need to hear from a friendly voice. Today I feel lonely and the weather is gray.

    Traveling exclusively with someone would probably get old due to differing speeds, etc. However, occasionally encountering a cohort of other trekkers — perhaps a loose posse, would be comforting.

    — HW


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