First 10 days of 6 Million Steps, done and dusted
I have reached Idyllwild, which is located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California. Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley are three adjacent unincorporated communities, of which Idyllwild is the largest.
It is 179.4 miles into the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is a staggering 288.7 km that I’ve walked in 10 days. Taking a zero day, I plan to recharge my batteries and resupply my gear in Idyllwild, with a pair of thermal gloves at the top of my list. The blisters on my feet are a testament to the journey so far and my knee is still giving me a bit of grief, but I am soldiering on and am strapping my knee with a compression brace to get it ready for the next stretch.
So far the weather has been icy, with temperatures dropping below zero at night with warm days. It is mountainous, desert terrain and in my video I said that I feel like a bit of a goat on a mountain trail. The undulating views are beautiful though, and so far I happened across two snakes, one being a rattle snake.
I found this quote by Henry David Thoreau from Walden at a lovely water resupply point at mile 145,4 and I couldn’t have said it better. The past hurts so, so much, especially with the anniversary of Eduan’s passing still so fresh in my mind, but the promise of a special now and a beautiful tomorrow is the fuel that keeps me going on my quest for 6 million steps.
About 6 Million Steps
Peter Dunn is embarking on a backbreaking journey to raise awareness and funds for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in the fight against childhood cancer. The hike will take a gruelling six million steps to complete over a five-month period in which Peter will test his abilities to the max to signify the gruelling and unforgiving journey that children with cancer undertake in their fight against the disease. Peter, who lost his mom to cancer and the six-year-old son of very special friends, has a score to settle.