Plans... Good Joke!

I think Steinbeck got it right when he said ""A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.V

 This has proven true with every expedition I've taken part in, and the Gila 100 is now no exception.  Since plane ticket prices out of Omaha have suddenly spiked I could still have a chance at catching a low budget flight out of Kansas City, though that would mean I'd have to drive the 3 hours down.  

I also considered taking a train to New Mexico, which was an outstanding idea, since Amtrak services a small town only 1 hour from my final destination.  A wrench was thrown into that plan once I found I'd need to bus to Chicago, then take the train from there, which would make it a whopping 50 hour train ride!  Adding that to the 11 hour ghetto bus ride I'd take to Chicago, just to make the train sounds more than counter productive!  

At this point, I think it may be easier to drive down.  The drive would be 17 hours in length, but would put me at my planned starting location, and I'd have the pleasure of viewing some beautiful country.  

However, changed plans aren't always crazy and stressful.  In fact, the Gila 100 just got its official sponsor, the Jack Mountain Bushcraft and Guide School!