Life Happens

This is a quick post to let those who follow my post know that Andi’s and my training has halted for now.  My brother, who lives in Florida, has recently had a below the knee amputation. Andi and I have been in Florida since 6 January helping him and my sister-in-law.

I couldn’t even attempt to imagine what he is going through, physically and emotionally.

I think of the crux of Zach’s book, the physiological aspect of hiking, and I think…if my brother (and those who have experienced the same) can persevere, overcome, succeed and even exceed, then I have no excuse but to do the same with this journey we are about to embark on.  In times of rain, cold, soreness, etc. I will think of my brother and his journey!

I now have another reason for Andi and me to hike the AT:

Bob, I’m doing this for you! I love you! Continue to get strong!

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Comments 3

  • Kimmy Morris : Jan 23rd

    Best of luck to you in your future preparations & best of luck to your brother while he recovers!

    My mother in law had her leg amputated before Thanksgiving & it really solidified the fact that while I’m choosing to walk 2180 miles, others are just hoping to take one more step.

    • Hollywood Coquito : Jan 23rd

      Thank you Kimmy for your comment!

  • Charles Edwards : Mar 3rd

    Victoria, good luck to you on your thru hike attempt. I hope Bob can live vicariously thru your journey. I’m starting NOBO from Damascus on March 23 and flip-flopping to a SOBO finish at Springer. I hope your pause from training will not negatively affect your hike. Nonetheless, how do you train to walk with a pack? So just take your time and let the trail legs catch up . Have a great hike.



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