Saturday, July 5, 2008

Jersey girl?

SOOOOO. Last two weeks- tough. Many thanks and love to you all for words of support, prayers, calls, travel, etc. I have many trail angels and feel pretty darn magical =) Geronimo and I hobbled into Port Clinton PA last Sunday greeted by cold beverages and food from a young PA couple and Bag of Tricks. After a refreshing night with a really good crowd of nearly 20 thru hikers, beer, Knob Creek, and trail stories Geronimo and I found ourselves driving North to Deleware Water Gap. We exausted our options to get him off the trail, then Ron my 2nd cousin called "Hey Rebekah I'm about 30 miles from DE WR gap, what do you think about Geronimo riding around in the big truck with me for a week?" So Geronimo found himself riding shot gun in a tiger striped tractor trailor, ac, bug free, bottled water, stealing hot dogs from dash boards, as I braved the nasty rocks south bound from DE WR Gap back to Port Clinton. After some Spring Ale, a sandwich and good conversation with some guys I met in SNP I headed south. 6 miles, 17 miles, 19.5 miles, 17 miles, 15 miles of rocks, climbs, decents, little water nasty gash on my leg, boiling water burn on my hands, stomach and thigh, then, PORT CLINTON. Spent July 4 night in the water gap and enter NJ very soon. Very glad to be out of PA. For this week Geronimo is with little pig Fischa and his boyfriend Jeb, I just hope he actually rests at the cabin. I am closer and closer to the other pig, miss Angie, and hope to be at Omega teen camp NY with her in less than 2 weeks! It is weird and a little lonely hiking solo without Mo, but I love him too much to put him through some of the hardships of this life. You guys can check out the pictures, some places this past week I literally had to rock climb with my pack. Descending Lehigh Gap at 2pm in my 19.5 mile day was the toughest thing I've done on this trip. Yesterday was my first- walk all day in the rain- experience, it was soggy, chilly, slippery. I wore my Chaco z2s the whole time, and I was glad to not be in shoes. It was kind of nice actually, a change from the daily scene and routine. I find myself wanting water from these mountaintops anyway possible; rain, rivers, springs. My final mile to Port Clinton was river on one side, tiger lillies on the other side of a greenway in the rainy mist. It was really beautiful and soothing. I'm taking a chill day today to catch up on internet, laundry, gorceries (things I haven't done in two weeks). I was elated to be dropped off at a movie theatre, and devastated to find Sex and the City is no longer in the theatres ='( tragedy. I'm trying to wrap my head around being Nobo solo and all the wildness to come. I believe things will get better, know I'm getting tougher, relize you all have a lot to do with my strength and will to continue. My library time is about expired, so more stories saved for later. I love you and miss you all, thanks for everything =*


Anonymous said...

hey veg! I was so happy to have found your blog and now I'm updated on your trail action.
you know out of the land/sea earrings you were definitely more sea and I was definitely more land inclined, this is a good exercise for you. and I am always with water inclined people it seems. anthony and I just moved into a house with a couple of people in bordeaux, 45 minutes from the wild sea. calling your name from the other side!
hope this letter finds you healthy, happy, fulfilled and in high spirits.
love you veg!
miss you
maybe there's a trip to the us at the end of the year-with the hubby this time! and we'll have a special mission to find you and make introductions.
hugs for the road!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jersey Girl... You will have a lot of names until you are through this adventure. Keep track of them in your journal. As always saying prayers for you and Mo. So sorry you are missing him. I know you know that it is best. I am still amazed at your strength. Keep the faith and keep your memories going. Hugs, Hugs, and more Hugs!

Your PenMar Friend,
Linda Lee

Anonymous said...

Bound! Awesome blog from the little I've seen (not enough time at the public computer). Hope to check it out in full soon though. I see your local paper is covering you too. Hope you and Geronimo are doing well and have been reunited. I'm somewhere in NY. Hope to see you down the trail.


Anonymous said...

Hey Girl, Thanks again for the wonderful photos!I have you in my thoughts and prayers. You came to mind when I read this, " If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and NATURE; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is Nature. Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, apppeals to the mind, and fires the imagination-health to the body, a stimulus to the itellect, and joy to the soul." American Naturalist John Burroughs Girl, you are so living your dream, so very proud of you!! Hope things are better for Mo!!Take care! Cindy