A Not-So-Brief Interlude Explained

Well, Internet, I’ve been on-trail about 6.5 weeks, and only managed to type up and post less than half of them on this website. Frankly, I don’t imagine it getting much better from here, either— Maybe I’ll adapt to the rhythm of trail life a little more, and get back on track with posting my day-by-day logs (I truly hope I do, I enjoyed sharing them), but I’m not entirely certain that’s in the cards.

Some cool trail-town street art here in Erwin, TN.

At the end of a day of hiking, I’m lucky if I remember to throw a few notes in my journal (I don’t type directly into my phone in a bid to conserve as much battery as possible), and on Zero days I’ve had very little time/energy to type up and turn those sparse notes into anything resembling a legible blog post. 

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind— Parts of my early ‘tramily’ have dissolved as handfuls of folks leave trail, and other parts have solidified as various branches of my ‘extended tramily’ come together and meet one another in the expanding and contracting accordion of trail existence. 

When I last left off, I was headed into the Smokies, and I’m happy to say that I got out of there and am now in Erwin, TN writing this from the classic Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel— Probably my favorite hiker hostel so far.

The Nolichucky River as seen from the AT as it descends toward Erwin, TN.

I’m slowly but steadily making my way north, enjoying the beauty of this trail every single day, petting as many dogs as possible, and hope to regain my footing in terms of blogging sometime soon. 

Happy Trails!

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