It has always been our plan to do this hike together, but due to changes in mine and Christine's jobs, she is not able to travel due to her higher position at GSMNP and I am concentrating more on Illinois and Wisconsin.
I have named this trip the Bittersweet Turtle Adventure.
The Adventure will start Saturday May 7th and while I have budgeted 9 days, I hope to be walking out on the 7th day.(Saturday to Friday)
My pack is set at 18 pounds including Food and Water- water is 1 liter carried
The food is packaged for each day
Dinner (various Hawks Vittles) @ 600 Calories
Creme of wheat @ 130 calories
Welch's Fruit snack @ 90 calories
Gatorade energy drink @ 100 calories
Peanut Butter Crackers @ 180 calories
Pringles 1.5 oz @ 225 calories
Starbucks Via instant coffee @ 100 calories
Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bar @ 180 calories
Hot Chocolate Mix 8 oz @ 120 calories
Total Daily Calories 1725 calories
This should run about a 3000 calorie per day deficit- roughly 1.25 pounds per day weight loss.
As I type this on May 1st it is snowing in western North Dakota with blizzard warnings!
The long term forcast shows rainier days with higher temperatures, but the temperature range looks like it could do anything at any moment, making clothing selection very difficult, especially to try and keep the weight down. My shelter will be the MLD Duomid tarp, which can withstand strong winds and rain. The bugs should not be a problem yet, but I will be taking the BPL bivy just in case. My cooking will be done with my UL tri-tri stove and pot from Antigravity Gear. I could cook on alcohol or wood, with wood probably being difficult to come by on the prairie.
First 4 days of the trip on the long term forcast