Finally Getting Ready

Training for the trail on the trail

Training for the trail on the trail

First Post: here goes!

One month left. Scary and exciting all at the same time.  I should’ve been preparing more for this.  You know what screw it, I’m just gonna do it now.  I’ve already basically quit my job (I’m getting out of the Army as we speak) and I have not lined up another job or school yet so I might as well hike.

My thru-hike will start on the 15th of March and let’s just say I’ve been procrastinating a little in getting ready.  Oh, I’ve got the excuses of work’s been holding me up (it’s true, I swear) and I have other obligations.  It’s intimidating to hear from fellow hikers about the trips and the miles they put in already while I’ve only been on my day hikes and I’m just about to go camping for the weekend for the first time this year (OOOPS).

My saving grace is something I’ve come to learn during my mental preparation for the hike through all the books and research: It will happen, just keep pushing on.  You can’t be 100% prepared for everything in life because the curveball will come, you just have to keep going, keep walking, and improvise.  In all the books you read, I read “Wild” about 4 times and “A Walk in the Woods” about 2.5 times and heard about that awesome grandma who hiked in her “old” age, the protagonist always finds it difficult to hike all those miles everyday but they do it, they keep pushing on.  So I’m going to take their advice and just keep going.

I’ll see you next time to talk about gear but now, I’m just going to go hike.

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