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Home. We are home!
16 countries explored including: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Canada and the USA
50,000 kms travelled by air
23,000 kms driven in two motor homes
5000 kms by train, bus, boat, and moped
2700 kms travelled by bike
13.7 kms - up and down.....One roof shingled
You think you'll have time ...
... don’t recognize the people sitting to my left.
Julie hands me a ginger ale, which she picked up at the store to aid me in the event of nausea.
For some reason, the boat isn’t leaving the dock. When we see Ranger Valerie peering into the comfort station bathrooms, we realize they are missing someone. After ten minutes, the captain comes around to unmoor the boat. "Did you find the missing person?" the stranger next to me asks ...
... Zan! You’re back early!"
“I know, it’s crazy,” she says, putting her book on the table and walking over. “I hiked all the way to the campground, sat and ate, chatted with an old guy named Robert, hiked back, and was back here before eleven.”
With a pack, that would have taken us all day.
Zan doesn’t want to take another hike just yet, so we leave her to her book ...
... outside the shelter.
“I think you’re being too ******* yourself,” she says from inside the shelter. “Think about how you felt last time we did the Minong.”
I remember. I never wanted to come to Isle Royale again. I never wanted to backpack again. All I wanted was to go home to a soft bed and real food. This time, even though I’m exhausted and my feet and knees hurt like hell, I don’t want to leave the island. Give me a day ...
... of saw blade. And like the TM, the Minong presents obstacles (oh, wait, I mean “opportunities”) to be overcome.
If we do indeed spend the night out of a campground, we need to make it to zone 20, which is about six miles into the hike. This is our first obstacle: Figuring out where the heck we are. The trail has no mile markers. There’s no line drawn across the landscape telling us when we’ve changed zones. All we can go by are features we find on the ...