Another bump in the road

With less than a week before I take off on my thru hike, I’ve hit another bump on the road…like this hasn’t already been a challenging thru hike approach!


theDaughter has found a home to buy!  What this means to me is she needs a General Contractor, of sorts, to help with various tasks before moving in!  This is where life’s bump could derail or at least challenge my thru hike for 2017!


I’ve planned, purchased and prepared for this event over the last 9 months.  I’ve been getting the logistics planned and I’m continually tweeking my hike my own hike. 

I think I’m ready, but I won’t know until I’m out on  the trail.  However, my hike is in jeopardy.  

You see…Back In the day, I was gone for a great deal of the major events in my family life. It wasn’t by choice, but a necessity of service and the job. So when I know am planning, by my own choice, to be away during a special family time, it doesn’t sit well!

My hike plan is fluid and changing ever time I look at the plethora of data I’ve accumulated.  8 miles per day, 15 mile days, where to resupply, when to zero, what towns to stop in and it goes on for adnausium!  

However, the new bump is the family’s need for Stumble & Bumble Renovations Inc to do some work! So my hike now looks like this — I’m still heading out next week.  But only hiking until myDaughter closes on her new (to her) house.  Then it’s off trail to Nebraska to do a little renovation house work before they move in.  Then hopefully back to the AT to finish up my hike!  If it’s late, then maybe a flip flop will be in order.  Worst case scenario is I don’t finish this year. 
But family needs and events are MORE important that this thru hike.  And there’s always next year!or the year after that!

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