Flip-Flop-Flip…My AT Thru-Hike Is Complete!
I’m back! And my hike is complete!
Leading up to the hike, I’d read lots of blogs on here and noticed that many bloggers trailed off (no pun intended) mid-hike. I swore I wouldn’t do that, and then I did. Truth be told, typing on my phone became tedious. And the further into the hike I got, the more exhausted I was in general.
On top of that, typing from a horizontal position in my tent made my arms start going numb, and that started happening to a tingling degree during the day after an evening of typing. Some say it’s best to blog while you are in town on a nero or zero. That seems to make sense, but let me tell you, my goal during a nero/zero was to do NOTHING. By the time I’d hitched into town, sorted accommodation, resupplied, showered, and laundered, I had nothing left to give the world. I just wanted to lay on my backside and stare at the telly. So I did.
Last I wrote, I was hiking south after I flipped up to Maine. Once I got back in my home area (near Harpers Ferry), I flipped back down to where I’d left off so that I could finish the hike walking ‘home’ to Harpers Ferry. When I set off for the hike, I anticipated finishing in five months because I had a time restriction that was out of my control and required me to be done in five months.
Things changed with that time restriction and when I got up to Maine and the time pressure was alleviated. I slowed the eff down in a major way at that point and started really savoring my experience. I ended up finishing my thru-hike in seven months rather than five with no regrets. I am going to make another post, that explains that just a little more too.
For now, here are some pics that show the progression of my hike.
Hope everyone reading had a Merry Christmas and are heading into 2022 in good health and spirits.
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