2017 Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Day 13

Day 9 Appalachian Trail Flip/Flop Thru Hike
I’d really like to know the truth about how people felt about my attempting a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail. I’m pretty sure that there may have been some who didn’t think I’d last a week! If you were in that group you were wrong! Am I gonna make it? I truly do not know. I know that I want to make it, but I’m not in charge of everything. A freak accident could happen and put me off, any number of reasons I guess could end my hike, but it won’t be because I want it to end. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and I’m enjoying it ever bit as much as I thought I would. Even the really bad night I had a couple of nights ago, hiking through the rain most of the day. Trying to do my longest hike yet, 16 miles. Then as evening was nearing and the rain was pouring down, I came upon what I will call the “Big Rock” Not Candy Mountain! Imagine this, from your house go out 1.6 miles and then return to your house. Only going back you have to climb over a 7 story building made of rocks of all shapes but most the the size of your washer and dryer and some the size of your fridge. Then at the top, you have to climb over and around more boulders at least that big, some bigger at varying levels, up and down a couple of stories for 1.6 miles. In the pouring rain, wind blowing, gettin dark! Yeah, that’s what I did the other night! At that point I really didn’t have a choice. Like I said, it was getting dark and I couldn’t turn back, I’d steady hiked 12 miles and I was close to exhausted. So, yeah we can all do more than we think we can, you have to gut it out! One foot in front of the other! Anyhoo, if you happened to think I wouldn’t make it a week, wrong! If you didn’t think I’d make it 100 miles, wrong! I guess I’ll just keep on goin! If there anything y’all want to ask me go right ahead! And like I said, all of my videos and pictures are going on my Facebook page so if you want to see those, be my guest!

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