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Re: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] Out of Your Comfort Zone, Part I

From: Johanna M. B.
Sent on: Monday, November 14, 2011 6:40 AM
I have never been to Brooksville and this would be my first hike with your group.  So, sounds perfect!  I'm in for the full hike.

--- On Mon, 11/14/11, gordyhawkins <[address removed]> wrote:

From: gordyhawkins <[address removed]>
Subject: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] Out of Your Comfort Zone, Part I
To: [address removed]
Date: Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:36 AM

Out of Your Comfort Zone, Part I - 16 mile hike//possible 8 mile bail out option
Date: Saturday January 21, 2012, 8:00 a.m.

Meeting Place: McDonalds, 31038 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34602
Course: The Grand Loop starting at the Croom Fire Tower (the orange blaze perimeter of loops A - B - C)
Hiking Pace: 20 - 22 minutes per mile
Items to bring: Bright clothing, sandwich, snack, fluids for 8 hours (there will be water available at half way point if anyone wants it), sunscreen, visor, insect repellant, hiking stick, last will and testament.
Why hike 16 miles? Several years ago I went on 15 mile hike led by Citrus Section Leader Neil Fox. When I asked him about the distance, he said, " I believe it is good for people to go out of their comfort zone every once in a while."  And I liked that philosophy.
How do you know if you can go that far? The rule of thumb I use is this: If you can do the distance over two days you can do the distance in one day, e.g., if you can hike 10 miles one day, and 6 the next, you are capable of 16 miles at one time.  Same for 9 miles one day, 7 miles the next, 8 miles and 8 miles, or any other combination.  Note: you will be tired but are capable of completing the distance.
Possible 8 Mile Option: If there are some that want to hike the first half and bail out, that is fine, but if you are car pooling with someone, it would be best that you all go the same distance so the bailout folks don't have to wait a few hours for those doing the full Grand Tour.

Now is your chance to test yourself.  It will be fun and a neat experience to place in your mental and physical resume.  Yes you can do it!

So, who's in?

Note: It is small game hunting season from December all the way into March.  Small game hunting should not have any affect on hiking.

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