Thanks for taking time to read the trip report, but only a partial apology for its length. I tend to the verbose, but the is a lot to say about these 2 epic weeks!
I am organized, anal-retentively-so. Funny thing, despite all this organization I got off itinerary on hiking day 1 and didn't get back on track until the end of day 12. I like the high degree of organization since I can usually count on everything being where it is supposed to be when it is supposed to be there. This gives me the freedom to hike the hike as it unfolds and not worry about being at any given place at any given time. In this case getting ahead allowed me the stop at VVR and set up my meeting Art, Dale, Walter, Ryan and Jon (and myriad others I was fortunate to share trail with).
And with the exception of the night at VVR I journaled every evening. Even with the long hiking days I had daylight to spare (except for the Evolution to Palisades Lakes day). My long day formula = start early + eat constantly + stay hydrated. If I do this I can pretty much walk as many hours as I want and therefore get as far as I want. I did learn however that I need more lunch/snack foods if I am going to walk for 12 hours!
But enough already. Thanks for taking the time to read it all, and for the nice comment. Steve