|Sent on:||Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:26 PM|
Out of Your Comfort Zone, Part 2 - Last Annual 25 Miler.
Location: Citrus Forest, Tillis Hill Recreation Area ($2.00 per person)
Date & time: Saturday March 3, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
No, there is no decimal point between the 2 and the 5. Yes, it is a 25 miler. No, it is not an overnight backpack. Yes, it is a one day hike.
History: About 35 years ago when my wife and I were new to Florida and in our late 20s or early 30s, we saw a hike advertised by something called the Florida Trail Association. So what if it said the hike was 25 miles - we were young and invincible. Thus our first hike was 25 miles. Really having to push the pace the last 3 miles, we all finished at dusk just before the rain came The experience left quite an impression, in a very positive sense. The hike leader was a man named John Weary, an incredibly dedicated and tireless FTA worker (reference: the FTA John Weary Award). At the time he looked to be 15 - 20 years older than we were. It was an inspiration. .
The hike will be in the Citrus Forest starting from Tillis Hill heading north and clockwise following the perimeters of the C and B loops.
There will be a 17 mile bailout. Speed will be about 20 - 22 minutes per mile. There will be bottled water supplied at the halfway point. Average temperatures that time of year are about 47 to 75.
How do you know if you are ready? Rule Of Thumb that I use: if you can hike the distance over 2 days, then you can hike the distance in one day. Exception: on long hikes of this distance, if you can hike two 10 mile days back to back or any combination to make 20 miles, you should be ready. The final five miles can be accomplished through the adrenaline of the day, the positive energy of your fellow hikers, and through your own resolve/ego. Of course, once you're out there you still have to get back to your car.
So if you feel you can accomplish the Rule Of Thumb, feel that you are in pretty good shape, are curious about a 25 distance, are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, then what's the worst that could happen? What do you have to lose?
Note: If you like, you can contact me directly at [address removed]