Preparing for a Walk


Going on a walk is usually a good way to get into shape. However, when the walk is 2,200 miles long there needs to be a base level of fitness even before the first steps are taken.

Earlier this month I went on vacation to Hawaii, but not all of the time was spent lounging on the beach. Most of the time was spent exploring the valleys, forests, and lava fields by foot. Back here in Maine it is harder to go on hikes this time of year than it is in the summer, but the White Mountains of New Hampshire still offer their frozen summits. Yesterday was a perfect day on top of Mount Monroe and Mount Washington. It can be hard to find a day that warm and calm even during the summer months. During this last week of waiting there might be a few runs around some local trails, but I have to be ready to walk at this point.


Piles of gear are scattered all around as I am trying to figure out how to fit it all in my pack while keeping it at a somewhat reasonable weight. I have had all of the gear that is needed for overnight hikes before, but that was setting a base weight well over 30 pounds. After lots of research for the cheapest and lightest gear, my base weight is now about 15 pounds. And of course, there are the luxury items that I have still not decided if they are coming. Luckily, I have two more days to figure out how everything is going to fit in my pack.

Everything Else

That of course leaves only the fun things like voting and taxes. With those taken care of, the final days are passing by at an ever-slowing pace. Gym memberships are being put on hold along with everything else in life during these final preparations for a new way of life.

While writing this I have been distracted by going on a hike, going on a run, and going climbing, so at this point bags are packed and we are in the final countdown.

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Comments 1

  • Darlene J Rivais : Feb 29th

    Hey Ben!

    I am so excited for you. I will be following your progress, waiting to walk a few miles with you, and holding a comfortable bed and your choice of menu for when you pass through my area.

    You are amazing and will always cherish this adventure.

    Blue skies,


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