I will pass 200 miles on Sunday! I have less than 2000 miles to go.
I will finish the Appalachian Trail. If I’m still breathing, I will finish.
Here to fore, I am stealing Birthday Girl’s idea. MVP – LVP or something like that. The best thing about the hike and the worst. What shall I call them??? Winner and Weasel? Hero and Goat? Stay or Go Home? Best and Worst? Hey, maybe just what I learned. I always learn something. Yes: What I Learned. Maybe. I’ll keep thinking.
After the hike:
Here are my two hiking compadres. John at stage right and Gates at stage left. If confused, Gates is bearded.
Without their friendship and logistic support, I would never be this far. I am difficult, if you haven’t already noticed, and these two keep me in line. Their patience with my persistently erratic behavior is very much appreciated. I get excited easily and am delusionally optimistic. Like I said, difficult. Thanks you two.
I left John and Gates and headed up the Trail in light flurries.
Lots more old friends.
As you can see, the wind kicked up and I went Ninja. My face was still red anyway, a day later.
It was a really tough hike on the second day. The pack was a problem. Shoulder straps loosening and sternum strap sliding. Any annoyance makes the mental part of the hike tougher, and that makes the physical part tougher.
I returned the KELTY Red Cloud 90 and am picking up an Osprey Volt 75. I have the Volt 60 and love it, so the 75 should work fine. My collection of gear just keeps growing. Typical that is I hear.
Hiking 13 on Friday morning with my friend Scott! Looking forward to more PA rocks.
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