Our journey started in Chicago where we met up with our 2009 thru-hiking partner Flying Scotsman. Flying Scotsman completed the Appalachian Trail with us in 2009 and he will be attempting a thru hike with us this year on the PCT.
When Tank and I arrived in Chicago the city had experienced some flooding, especially in the suburb of an old friend we had planned on meeting. Sorry we couldn’t meet up Pat, Good luck with the cleanup!
Before the three of us left Chicago the weather cleared up and we were able to see a few landmarks. Millennium park, the “Cloud Gate” sculpture a.k.a. the giant silver bean by artist Anish Kapoor, and we visited the Chicago art Institute.
We departed Saturday on the “California Zephyr” Amtrak train headed ultimately to San Diego, then the PCT kickoff festival. From there we leave to take our first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Below is the spot GPS map of our trip from Chicago – San Diego