Five things that I’ve learned
It’s been great so far. I’m at Top of Georgia right now. I’ve done the Approach Trail plus 69 miles from the AT in five days. Yeap. 15 miles a day. How am I felling? Pretty good, actually. Knees are my main concern and both are fine. I have a short nerve on my left big toe that’s hurting, but it’s normal. It’s always like that when I hike. Mind? Good. Legs? Fine!
I’ve learned a lot these days. First: The AT is harder than I’d thought. My home state, Minas Gerais, is well known in Brazil for its mountains. That’s what we have to offer. Beaches? Go to Rio or the Northeast. But mine is an inland state. So I’m used to mountains. I really am. That’s why I’m doing well, I think. But the AT’s challenges are non-stop. When you think you’ll have a rest, guess what? Another mountain! Georgia, you will always be on my mind. You remind me of home.
Second, I’m carrying too much food. You know those Cliff bars that I got from the Badger Sponsorship? I put like a whole box in my food bag. The problem is that the thing is a bomb, in a good way. I have one and that’s it. I can’t eat anything else until dinner. One per day. That’s it. On top of that I got a package of tortillas from the Hiker box at Neel Gap. A 2.5 pounds package of tortillas. That’s the only think that I’ll regret in my whole life…
Third, I’m more introvert than I’d thought. Correction: I’m more introvert in English than in Portuguese, my mother tongue. When I go past other hikers I usually say “good morning” and “have a good one” and that’s it. In the camping areas I usually look for a place far from others. I’m not arrogant, I just don’t know what to say. I’m sorry.
Fourth, I’m still in shock with this Trail Angel culture. You are amazing people. The other day I was doing a live on my Facebook page from Neel Gap (just before that bloody tortilla pack) and a guy called the gear shop. He wanted to talk to me. He heard that I’d lost my ATGuide and was offering me a new one. Actions like that really make my day.
Finally, I’ve found out that I know nothing about America’s flora. I’ve seen so many flowers and plants that I have no idea what they are. Because of that I’d suggest a new game. It’s called “Name the AT plant”. It works like this: I’ll post pictures of plants that I’ve seen during my hike and you guys help me by naming them. Then I can Google them and get more info. Are you ready? Go!
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