Oct 152013


I think it would be an interesting collection of information to find out what people are thinking about/talking about as they walk the very last mile to the northern terminus of the PCT. Do you think they are considering getting a new puppy? Do you think they are wondering about what to do with their lives now? Do you think maybe their feet just effing hurt? Or maybe they’re considering proposing marriage to the person they’ve been walking with for the last 2600 miles who has seen them at they’re ugliest and craziest and still finds them a fascinating and attractive companion. I’ll tell you what I was thinking/talking about. I may have mentioned that when I was having a hemorrhage stroke last year I was having all kinds of delusions, the most prominent one being that I was still walking the PCT. It was very vivid and included visits to small town laundromats, purifying nasty water, difficult miles, and encounters with interesting hikers. My last mile thoughts were that I was possibly still in that bed, still having that same delusion, and that this wasn’t really happening. I voiced this possibility to my friend I was walking with and his response was,

“What if I am also in a delusional coma? We were in a car accident together and are currently sharing a bunk in ICU somewhere and decided to jointly pretend we are on this fabulous adventure while our families try to figure out what to do about us.”

Me: “So what do you think happens now then that the trail is almost over? Do we come out of the comas? Die?”

Him: “It will never be over. We’ll keep descending down these switchbacks towards the terminus for all of eternity in some kind of PCT purgatory.”

PCT purgatory, HAHAHAHA! In a way, this journey has been like that. It’s not here nor there. It’s a reprieve, a time-out, a reset button. It felt like a shamanic reorganization of what is essential in life, a going behind the curtains to meet the “behind the scenes” staff members who are putting this whole damn show on for us and shaking their hands, seeing the costumes out of context, watching the stage lights steer the focus on different points of action. There was a distinct buzz back there, a musical tone, which I’m damn near convinced is the electrical energy powering the whole thing. Or maybe I’ve gone/ have always been crazy and I just got a good healthy look at it. Maybe I’m still in that bed. It’s going to take a LONG time to process what happened out there for me and it has the freedom to begin now that I don’t have to wake up every morning with some immediate challenges facing me. Meanwhile, there will be a gear post, and a cast of characters post, and I might even say a few things about the actual trail.

Thank you for following and encouraging me! The walking is now done, but I am only at the beginning if figuring out what the hell just happened.

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  13 Responses to “CANADA!! – How About A Gear Post? Nahhhh, Let’s Talk About PCT Purgatory Instead”

  1. Congratulations!!!!!!!

  2. Awesome. Congrats on reaching Canada. Congrats on the journey!

  3. Congratulations!

    You’ve done something far beyond what your fellow mortals even dream of accomplishing. You should be more than proud of that.

  4. I am soooooo happy for you!!!!! We better be on your lists of places to couch surf so I can feed you wine and chocolate and hear some stories! You are super awake. No delusion.

  5. YES!! YES!!!! Happy Trails!!! CONGRATULATIONS, and blessings to your STRIDES!!!
    Beautiful Visuals!!! Fantastic Journey!!! SO blessed to have you in my life, in all forms of Life!

  6. Kim, you are, perhaps, the most spectacular, tough, persistent, inspirational human i know. you simply amaze me.

  7. Congratulations. You are an inspiring person!

  8. yay Kim!!!!! so happy for you! cant wait to hear more about your adventures, and bring back some of those mushrooms you must have found along the way 🙂 Love Wendy and gang

  9. wow! congratulations!!!

  10. Look forward to reading all that purgatory stuff.
    And the book, there will be a book right ?!
    Congrats Kimberlie, you never gave up .-)

    ~ Fozzie x

  11. Perhaps delusional is the equivalent of being wide awake and dreaming? You are living the dream! This ending is just the beginning of when shit really gets interesting!! You are awesome and I always new you are!!

  12. Well done Weeds, well done. It was my pleasure meeting you on the trail. You finished on the 15?

  13. There is no spoon, Well done ;p

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