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Interlude: H-O-M-E

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I’m home.

I’m not quite used to this indoor life yet, but it’s scary how fast it all comes back. You would think that a life-changing event would, well, change my life, but apparently the real lesson here is how quickly we adapt to whatever context we find or place ourselves in. That includes being back in my old home made new.

This homecoming was somewhat anticlimactic because of being pulled off the road by my mother’s death — that was a real, full shock re-immersion in modern American life, but after two weeks I was pretty well acclimatized. Then going back out to western Arizona and starting the last 8-day stretch home felt like a vacation, like an interlude instead of the completion it really was.

I’m not really complaining. This way Lori and I had a chance to get used to me being back even though there wasn’t much normalcy to our lives during those two weeks. It took and is taking some real adjustment from both of us, but I think this is easier than just being gone for three months and then just being home.

Of course, we are busy preparing to turn things upside down again by running away to New Zealand for almost three weeks. But once we return in early January I expect we are both going to want to stay put for awhile.

I will continue and complete the narrative of the trip home, and I have a few special blog posts in mind, so keep tuning in and I’ll get the updates out as fast as I can.

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December 8th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

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Call for all walkers redux

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Tomorrow I go on a caching expedition and on Saturday November 15 I begin walking again. I figure I will be camped on Copper Basin Rd between Skull Valley and Prescott Friday night, November 21, and will walk the remaining 10 miles or so into town on November 22.

Again, everyone is welcome to camp or walk with me anytime during these last 8 days. My route is:

– Alamo Crossing Rd to Chicken Springs Rd into Wikieup.
– South on US93 to Burro Creek Crossing Rd, across Burro Creek to Burro Creek Rd to AZ97.
– AZ97 to AZ96 across the Santa Maria River, past Hillside to Kirkland.
– Kirkland Rd to Skull Valley, east on Copper Basin Rd to Hassayampa, north to the Aspen Creek Trail,
to Middlebrook across Highland to Carson, around the corner to Bertrand and to my house the back way past the studio.

I would love to have you join me for all or part of the route, especially the last day. You can try me on my cell, but if you have no luck, call Lori — she’ll be up on the details.

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November 13th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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Interlude: Call for all walkers

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I will leave Bullhead City this morning, starting the endgame of the trip home. I am now about 200 miles away,

If anyone is inclined to come walk with me, this is the time, since I plan to arrive home on the 15th or 16th of November unless I get impatient and decide to come in sooner, which could happen if I get a lot of people to join me, since that means I can walk with just a day pack.

My proposed route is:

Silver Creek road out of Bullhead City to Oatman Rd, east on Navajo Dr to the I-40 frontage road, then south to Yucca.

South out of Yucca to Alamo Crossing Road, then NE on Chicken Springs Rd into Wikieup.

South on 93 out of Wikieup to Burro Creek Crossing Rd, cross Burro Creek and continue on to 97, then east on 96 through the Kirkland Valley to Skull Valley then east on Copper Basin Rd into Prescott.

My last night out I intend to camp along Copper Basin Rd and have an easy 8-12 mile walk into town. Anyone who wants to camp and walk with me is very welcome, and anyone who wants to meet us along Copper Basin Rd or the Aspen Creek Trail is also welcome.

Call me if you want to make arrangements to join me (or if you’re feeling lucky, just come out and find me). I should have cell reception along the I-40 corridor, and possibly along 93. After that, it’s pretty dicy until I hit Skull Valley …

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October 30th, 2008 at 9:31 am

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