Added Benefit of an AT Thru-Hike in 2020
As a dedicated listener to NPR, it was a surprise to find myself trolling for a good music station during my commute home the other day. My iPhone addiction has started to taper off as well. I can feel my irritation, anger, and all-around bad mood ballooning to the point of impending stroke just by glancing at the latest headlines.
The prospect of entering the green tunnel with my phone turned OFF is salve for my soul. I will walk in blessed silence away from the primaries and the pundits, the politicians and the polls. I will be on the hiking trail and the campaign trail will be a distant noise. I hope to keep it that way for 2,200 miles. I want to meet and connect with my fellow travelers on important matters like where the next water source can be found or which place in town has the best pizza. On the trail left and right are directions and most of us are headed the same way. Only two more months. See you in the woods!
NOBO late March.
Feature image courtesy Clay Bonnyman Evans.
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