It Is Getting “Real!”
Hi guys, I’m Steve and I will be attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail (NOBO) in 2020.
How we got here …
It has been a few years since I started considering a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. If you are anything like me, big ideas like this take a while to percolate before evolving into something “real.” At first, I really only thought about a thru-hike while I was participating in weekend backpacking trips. Eventually, discussion on the trail with my son or with my other hiking partners would turn to what it would be like to attempt a thru-hike. Being from the eastern half of the US, that always meant a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. Those sporadic discussions about hiking the AT evolved into what I will call the research stage. I read some books, listened to others on Audible, started following current hikers who were already on the trail. I started getting answers to the questions I was pondering and began to formulate a plan.
That plan was to hike the AT the spring after I retired.
Until recently, it seemed so far away. Now, I feel like I am running out of time to get ready. As we get ready for Thanksgiving, I am about 90 days away from flying to Atlanta and shuttling to Amicalola Falls. I am excited but also a little anxious.
I look forward to meeting everyone on the trail as we share this epic adventure.
Y’all be careful out there! Steve
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