I like setting goals for myself. Especially when it comes to hiking. In 2017 I managed to log in 349.32 miles for the year. I like to think that is respectable but I know better, hordes of hikers get out there and hike many, many more miles. In 2018, I crushed it with a whopping 117.85 miles thanks to my fractured ankle and surgery.
So what is the plan for this year? Yes, now that we are midway through January and even though we just had snow and it was 3 degrees just 3 days ago, today we are expecting 1-2 inches of rain and it is over 50 degrees. Why not start planning for the spring/summer hiking season? What have I got to lose? With all of the rain that we are supposed to get today, I might get out this weekend!
From now until I get out of school on June 26, it is 153 days. My summer break will amount to a number of days between 65-70, depending on when we return to school. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll say between now and the end of August we’ll have at least 218 days of possible hiking.
Since spring and summer in this part of the country (northeast) is prime, I’m going to aim high and set a goal of 650 miles from today until 8/31/19. I am hoping that I can eclipse that, but for right now, that is the goal.
This hiking will also help in my quest to be in decent shape for the Camino Frances after I retire. Crossing the Pyrenees Mountains is one of the first major hurdles of the Camino and I want to be ready for it.
For the Camino Frances, this is how it all begins. It’s not that far away.