Countdown – 39 days
Major milestone – I broke the 2,000 mile barrier today!
One of my preparation goals was to hike the mileage of the AT before I actually hike the AT. I checked the 2014 A.T. Guide and found that the total mileage has changed – instead of 2, 185.9 miles it is now 2, 185.3 miles. Due to slight changes in the route the trail has actually diminished by 0.6 miles (that might be the advantage I need to succeed).
My total miles of hiking, having completed my walk to work back today, books in at 2,005.5. A little quick algebraic equation work and I ciphered that I need 179.8 more miles to reach the Mount Katahdin of training. Mile marker 2,005 would put me on Avery Peak just north of Stratton, Maine. It has taken me 14 months to log in the 2000 miles and it has been loads of fun preparing and dreaming of the real thing. If the weather permits and if my legs, feet, and knees stay strong, I still hope that I can accomplish this goal. I will need to average a little over 36 miles per week.
The weather was beautiful today. The morning commute was in the high 20s and the afterschool walk was a balmy 52 degrees. The wind was a bit cool on the walk home but the nice sunshine felt so good. I did not see any wildlife on today’s hike except for a few broncos, a mustang, and an impala but I enjoyed watching the sun come up.