A Lot of Firsts on the Path to Maine
Good evening my fellow hikers. My trail name is Bearded Servant and I am new to The Trek. This is my first post, and to be honest my first at everything. I am attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail this year with a start date of March 3. I am originally from Western Massachusetts but currently live along the Space Coast of Florida. I was in the military for a while and after 27 years total in the workforce decided I wasn’t going to wait for life to find me, I was going after it. I spent the last year and a half gathering my gear and training to begin the journey of a lifetime, a pilgrimage for me. I have even changed my YouTube channel to focus on my hike. You can find me by searching for Bearded Servant Hiking North AT 2018 on YouTube.
As I said, I am new to everything to include long backpacking trips, throwing bear lines, and filtering water. I have been training and learning all I can before my leave date, but am still a bit nervous. I’m sure I am no different than every new hiker hoping to reach Maine. I guess I’m more excited than anything. The most difficult thing I am facing is hiking the AT as a Christian. I feel God is leading me to the trail to help and serve others, so I will whenever and whoever I can. There is no better thing than serving another person in a time of need.
Will I be one of the lucky individuals to make it to Baxter State Park? With only 20 percent of all thru-hikers reaching the end, all I can do is try to take sure steps and makes wise choices each day. As for now, I will continue to prepare and pray in the end that I can kiss the sign on top of the greatest mountain.
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