A big part of the mystery of Kilimanjaro was (and still is) where did I get the idea and why did I want to drag myself up that particular mountain? I don’t know where that idea came from or how it got lodged in my mind.
I have similarly romantic notions about the Continental Divide. I think it would be an amazing experience to walk along the backbone of North America!
It may be as simple as wanting to stand on top of a mountain and pee into the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico at the same time, but I have wanted to hike the Continental Divide for as long as I remember.