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How the Beginning Continued

16 May 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

I had two weeks to get to New Eagle Pennsylvania. I had to say good-bye to my girlfriend, move everything from the room I was renting, collect my last paychecks, book tickets on Greyhound from Lansing to Pittsburgh all just as the Summer Olympics were beginning in two thousand eight. I traveled by bus from Lansing to Pittsburgh reading my favorite book; In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.

When I arrived I was picked up and taken the next day to the factory that I was hired to work at to find out that in the two weeks it took me to travel to my destination had lost the government contract. Then I was told they would be closed indefinitely until the company could gain another contract which from what the office manager said would not be for another two to three months. So I returned to the room I had rented with the last of my money, and made a plan to start looking for work. I began to attend Riverview Baptist Church. And the church had three events scheduled for the week along with Wednesday evening and Sunday morning and evening services.

So with no family or friends in town, no job, a bag of clothes, a novel, a Bible, and mountain sickness I attended as many events as I could, I also helped a church member move down river, and walked into business after business looking for work. As the week progressed I became more and more distraught, I continued to pray for the Lord to break me. And in that short time I got to know the congregation of that little church by the river very well.

I still had no job and no money by the end of the week and then I was homeless. I made a few phone calls to a friend in Michigan and by the second day I was on a bus back to Michigan. My brother had made arrangements for me to return and when I was picked up by my mother she dropped me off at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing and that was when my time began on the streets and still I prayed. It was the second week of the Summer Olympics when I had returned with less than I had left with. A friend that I had met in Pennsylvania had told me they would bring my belongings to Michigan when they came a week later.

A month after I was back I found out that the friend had thrown out my belongings, my family had begun to invite my ex-wife and her boyfriend (now husband) to family events. And I was broken. I continued to pray for God to lead me.

I spent each night praying for each man in each bunk at the shelter. I began learning the ropes as well as started going to the CSL Plasma Center in South Lansing. I learned that though everyone that was part of my life had moved on.

I attended church at the shelter each Sunday. The biggest problem I had with the shelter was to get a warm meal or a bed to sleep in you had to hear about Jesus from a different person each night. Now hearing about Jesus never gets dull however, when there is a different version each night and they each believe they are right at some point you just stop listening.

Jesus had finally answered my prayer. Oh and by the way; in the years that I stayed at the shelter, ate meals there, or received a food package from there I never did see the church I had been a Youth Pastor at.

This concludes part two.

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Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

3P-S

7 February 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Welcome to “A Plan of a Plan of a Plan in Stages”. I sat here today chatting with Sweets about the title of this missive and all of the posts in this series and the outline that goes with this missive is the beginning of what can only be termed as “An Encyclopedia of Elroy’s Thoughts for Following Your Own Trail”. It is a working title; however it does sum up what we are undertaking.

This is part one of a multi-stage series on Planning, Prepping, Strategizing, and Executing our plan to take on backpacking, bikepacking, and canoeing trips. This year we are planning on backpacking the Michigan Shore to Shore Trail as many of you may know, as well as moving towards a much larger goal of taking on the North Country National Scenic Trail in 2020 and 2021. Originally we were going to tackle the North Country Trail as a ‘Thru-Hike’, since looking at what we need to do we have decided to take on the NCT as a section hike to be completed in 2020 and 2021.

The way we are doing the NCT is by going to the Eastern trail head in Vermont and backpacking from there back towards Michigan. We will spend roughly three to six weeks on the trail and come back home for seven to ten days and then return to the trail to take on another section. As we do each of the sections; our goal is to complete each of the smaller trails that make up the NCT.

We will complete trails such as the Long Trail, the Finger Lakes Trails, and the Buckeye Trail, along with numerous other trails. Our intent is to complete each of the smaller trails in their entirety, thus adding each of these trails to our ever growing list of short, medium, and long distance trails. By the end of the section hike of the North Country Trail we will have knocked out another fifty or so smaller trails.

I want to make it clear: “We, Elroy & Sweets of TrailMagick89.com, are not professionals in this sort of endeavor. We are planning a few trips and we are using the internet and books, along with the personal knowledge from people whether in person or on the internet. The endeavor I spoke of earlier I was and am referring to planning section hikes, thru-hikes, and cycling trips.” That being said let us begin.

We have spent the last few weeks planning and the last few months talking about the steps for planning a thru hike and which thru hike we wanted to undertake. It turns out that making an outline of the process is the best course of action. And with each part of the outline we are going to weigh the pros and cons.

As the days and months continue the outline will continue to be edited. The steps of the plan go something as follows and will change; Step One: The General Plan (in five stages), Step Two: The Five Stages, and Step Three: The Details of the Five Stages.

  1. Backpacking
    1. Trips
    2. Day Trips/Overnight Trips
      1. Permits
        1. Pick the Start Date(s)
        2. Itinerary
      2. Route
      3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
      4. Resupply Locations
      5. Medical Facilities
      6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
      7. Church Locations
      8. Transportation to Trail Heads
        1. Trail Angels
        2. Public Transportation
          1. Bus
          2. Train
          3. Cab
        3. Uber
        4. Hitch
        5. Friend/Family
        6. Shuttle
  2. Michigan Shore to Shore Trail (MI-S2ST)
    1.  Permits
      1. Pick the Start Date(s)
      2. Itinerary
    2. Route
    3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
    4. Resupply Locations
    5. Medical Facilities
    6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
    7. Church Locations
    8. Transportation to Trail Heads
      1. Trail Angels
      2. Public Transportation
        1. Bus
        2. Train
        3. Cab
      3. Uber
      4. Hitch
      5. Friend/Family
      6. Shuttle
  3. North Country Trail (NCT)
    1. Permits
      1. Pick the Start Date(s)
      2. Itinerary
    2. Route
    3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
    4. Resupply Locations
    5. Medical Facilities
    6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
    7. Church Locations
    8. Transportation to Trail Heads
      1. Trail Angels
      2. Public Transportation
        1. Bus
        2. Train
        3. Cab
      3. Uber
      4. Hitch
      5. Friend/Family
      6. Shuttle
  4. Training
    1. Camping
      1. Hammock
      2. Tent
      3. Stealth
    2. Hiking
      1. City
      2. Paved Trail
      3. Country Road
    3. Gear
    4. Budget
    5. Seasons/Weather
  5. Bikepacking
    1. Trips
      1. Lower Peninsula Shore Line
        1. Permits
          1. Pick the Start Date(s)
          2. Itinerary
        2. Route
          1. Pros
          2. Cons
        3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
        4. Resupply Locations
        5. Nearest Bank Branch
        6. Transportation to Trail Heads
          1. Trail Angel
          2. Public Transportation
            1. Bus
            2. Train
            3. Cab
          3. Uber
          4. Hitch
          5. Friend/Family
          6. Shuttle
      2. American Discovery Trail
        1. Permits
          1. Pick the Start Date
          2. Itinerary
        2. Route
          1. Pros
          2. Cons
        3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
        4. Resupply Locations
        5. Nearest Bank Branch
        6. Transportation to Trail Heads
          1. Trail Angel
          2. Public Transportation
            1. Bus
            2. Train
            3. Cab
          3. Uber
          4. Hitch
          5. Friend/Family
          6. Shuttle
        7. Training
        8. Gear
        9. Budget
        10. Seasons/Weather
  6. Canoeing
    1. Canoe the Shiawassee River
      1. Permits
        1. Pick the Start Date
        2. Itinerary
      2. Route
        1. Pros
        2. Cons
      3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
      4. Resupply Locations
      5. Nearest Bank Branch
      6. Transportation to Head Waters
        1. Trail Angel
        2. Public Transportation
          1. Bus
          2. Train
          3. Cab
        3. Uber
        4. Hitch
        5. Friend/Family
        6. Shuttle
      7. Training
      8. Gear
      9. Budget
      10. Seasons/Weather

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Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets