Yesterday, my mom anc dad drove me to Connecticut to catch my flight. I was happy that TSA let me board w my gossamer gear trekking poles. Alladin and Lt Dan surprised me by picking me up in a rental car at the Tucson airport. It was soooo nice to see them, and their presence has helped settle my pre-start nerves. We ran around doing typical hiker trash errands (REI, food stuff) and then went to the Airbnb rental. Now we are on the greyhound bus, going to Lordsburg, NM. Tonight we’ll stay at a hotel there, waking early to take the CDTC shuttle to the southern terminus.