The Appalachian Trail by the Numbers
Number of cats thru-hiking with their owners: 1
Number of dogs: 12 (rough estimate)
Number of lost dogs named “Castro” rescued by day hikers: 1
Number of shelters slept in: 1
Number of snoring parties we shared the shelter with that night: 2
Number of dudes who gave us a creepy stare down to, we assume, intimidate us away from a near-capacity shelter: 1
Number of civil servants who have given us a ride while hitchhiking: 2
Percent of aforementioned civil servants who were delivering mail: 50
Percent of aforementioned civil servants who held rank of chief in the local police department: 50
Number of zero days taken: 1
Number of beers drank on a zero day: 3 (though the data is still out on that one)
Estimated average age of hikers we like to hang out with: 52*
*That’s a wild guess. But we tend to hang with the older crowd.
Number of vestibule zippers broken after an early-morning freeze and a swifter-than-was-wise tug: 1
Number of super-kind Big Agnes reps named Alan (or Allen) who said he’d take a look at it: 1
Number of days on the trail: 14
Number of miles hiked: 145.5
Number of those miles hiked on the approach trail: 8.8
Number of those miles on the official Appalachian Trail: 136.7
Number of miles to go: 2,054.2
Percent of people we stopped to talk to who brightened our day: 100
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