Greetings to all of you, the faithful readers of my blog, friends, and family!
I have been slowly counting down the days that would mark the one year anniversary of my departure from the Mexican border at Campo. Today is that day! As I look back on that day, I recall the mixed sense of optimism, energy, and anxiety I had during the drive with Obie from San Diego. I had no idea of how my journey would go. I certainly didn’t expect to partially injure my ankle as I jumped from the PCT monument at the border. Those of you who followed my blog definitely capitalized on joining me on the greatest adventure of my life; an alien march of 157 days that traversed the most amazing scenery on the planet.
It was only a few days before began my walk that I carved out a little piece of property on the internet at www.jerseyfresh.net. I didn’t know at the time if I would have the energy, resolve, and electronic capability of typing up my adventures from the trail, all on my iPhone. I didn’t know that it would consume a couple hours a day, every day, rain or shine, shivering or melting, and tired or just plain exhausted. Your encouragement not only helped me to continue in the actual walk, but also in persevering in writing the best stories I could.
The blog surpassed even my own expectations. As of this moment, my blog has been visited 18, 721 times! The blog visits continue, currently averaging about 30 visits per day! You helped to make it a success!
I am excited to let you know that I AM in the process of turning my blog into a published piece of work. The process is very, very, very slow. My book will be a lot more detailed than the blog, and it will be crushingly long, mimicking the crushingly long walk. The process is involved, but I am intent on doing the best quality work I can. I have written 104 pages thus far, and since I am only on Day 34, the average length of a ‘book day’ is 2.94 pages. It may take a while, but hang in there! I am planning on writing more furiously this summer. I hope to keep pace with writing speed on par with my walking speed in 2010. I hope it’s a story worth sharing and not the ultimate display of narcissism.
I am attaching a ‘teaser’ of the forthcoming book in a separate blog post “Teaser: Day One, 365 days later.” If you like the ‘teaser,’ you’ll love the book. Somehow, Day 1 did not make it to my blog- so, actually, you’re reading it for the first time. It’s long, but I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know what you think!
Be well and please, stay in touch!
ind!e a.k.a jerseyfresh