COUNTDOWN – 3 WEEKS!! that’s just 21 DAYS!!
This post on Hike It Forward is my 195th post regarding my preparation for the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. What a joy to put my thoughts and plans on virtual paper and share them with friends and family and new-found friends. Thank you all so much for reading my ramblings and supporting my insanity. I have learned so much about the trail in all 14 states. I have discovered the interesting history of the establishment of the trail itself as well as the bigger-than–life thru-hikers who have conquered the wilderness. I have read about the animals that call the AT “home” and have made a mental checklist on which I hope to see and which I hope to avoid. I have learned some of the trail language and know what a NOBO is, what HYOH stands for, what MUDs and PUDs are, and the value of Vitamin I. I hope to continue to post until I leave. My new goal is to publish 210 posts before hopping on the trail at Springer Mountain, GA. I am not sure about technology and connectivity on the trail, but I hope to take a picture, share my trail miles for the day, and provide insights or prayer requests on a regular basis.
I took a great hike today (more on that adventure in tomorrow’s post) bringing my total number of miles up to 2, 114.8!! This leaves only 70.5 miles to hike prior to April 26 in order to meet my target of hiking the distance of the thru-hike before I attempt the thru-hike (2, 185.3 miles). This is very doable as long as the weather provides some warm days and clear skies. I am 85.2 miles from my original 2,200 miles of preparation. With Easter Break coming up and the daylight hours lengthening into the evenings, I might just reach the top of that mountain.