Traci’s record attempt fosters both encouragement and wariness at home.
“My mother was a breast cancer survivor and a colon cancer survivor, and then, January 2015, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It eventually spread to her liver, and I think that’s probably what finally took her life.”
“People have all of these dreams. They say, ‘One day I’m going to backpack the Continental Divide. One day I’m going to sell my house and get a sailboat, and sail across the ocean. One day I’m gonna do something.’ And one day never comes because they’re so busy with life. I saw that with my mother.”
“When she passed away, something in me just sort of clicked. A switch just went off, and I thought, ‘I’m doing this now’ This isn’t going to be ‘one day’ and then one day I’m on my deathbed thinking ‘God, I wish I would’ve done this.’”
Packing and Rationing
Traci feels empowered by her decision to pursue her dream, but that drive only gets her so far. She’ll paddle and camp riverside for months on end, occasionally resting in a bed when the opportunity arises. During her 10-month journey, Traci will need to eat to fuel her body, and medicate herself to manage her rheumatoid arthritis. To do this, she is packing and mailing dozens of supply boxes that she will pick up along her route.
As word of Traci’s world record attempt spreads, nearly 50 people have volunteered to receive and deliver her supplies. But the months of collecting and organizing has been Traci’s task to coordinate alone.
Traci prepares to sustain herself on her voyage, which includes managing prescriptions and a network of pharmacies.
Traci’s memory of her grandmother’s debilitating RA left her distraught when she heard her own diagnosis.