Thursday, August 16, 2007

Letter Aug. 9

On Aug. 6 Garret started a letter. On Aug. 9th he finished it. We got it this week.

Here's the deal: He reached the Canadian border at 10:25 AM on the 6th. He kinda wanted to continue on Canada's Great Divide Trail, or take a left and hike along the border, but mostly he "just wanted to turn around and get to Colorado ASAP to see what the the San Juans look like when they aren't filled to the brim with snow."

So he started a westerly route south through Glacier, trying to stay west of the Bob, but fires drove him east. He plans to reach the Mexican border by Nov. 2, making it 95.5 days northbound and 88 days southbound. Which he thinks is doable, but he's going to take a major alternate/detour through Yellowstone (don't send stuff to him between Butte and Dubois).

A ranger he met kept muttering about him being "insane" just like on the PCT when the tough old dudes said, "Have you always had calves that big or you just do a lot of hiking?"

He met with his folks on the 9th and was confused about his plans as the fires keep forcing him to change plans. Needless to say, he's loving his hike. Also, judging from his stationary, he's recently memorized the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution.

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