So how much is this thing going to cost??
It’s not like I am embarking on this trek to run away from the real world…okay maybe I am. But you can only separate yourself so much. Right?? just kidding, I am running from nothing! hopefully, bears especially…sorry Ma 😉
Unfortunately, going for a 6 month walk is not as easy as it sounds. They say nothing is ever free, ya ya I know, obviously money is going to be involved in an expedition like this. But just how much are we talking??
One dolla, two dolla, three dolla, four!
With the goal to not worry about this ($$$) while making my way North, I suppose this is why I find myself worrying about it now..? I wanna be out there enjoying myself, keeping that space between my ears empty as can be. My thoughts consumed only of things I want! Like miles, the next breath taking view, visitors in whichever state (friends/family that’s you*) or the all you can eat pizza buffet in the town ahead. Well, I suppose all of that does not come without some sort of planning. So stressing now is my only option.
Save Save Save!
My dad told me once, “don’t ruin a good time by being cheap”, wise words pops! Seems simple, but what is cheap, and what is just throwing money away. Is $20 now, living at home here in the city, the same as $20 out on the trail? Na, don’t think so. But I am having such a hard time comprehending what money on the trail is going to be like, compared to money now.
Having a business administration degree means I got to take the ever so enlightening classes of macro and micro economics. So ol Dr. Harshbarger’s power point has still stuck with me all these years?? If ya told me that at the time, I would have given ya a big thumbs down (sarcastically). Sleeping was wayyy more important than that 7 am lecture.
But here we are. Opportunity cost, “the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen”. Cooool, so what is my money worth now vs. my money on the trail? This question has me stuck! Props to you Prof. But every choice and purchase should not come with so much scrutiny.
Like the Taylor Swift tickets I just bought… which also comes as a deadline seeing she is here Sept 1! So folks, what are we looking at in terms of cost.
I went the used gear route once already, mistakenly, and it did not work out. Do I want to take worn down gear on the trail for it to get even more beat up? Does saving a few dollars now save more down the line? Or does it actually cost me more? Not a fan of worrying about stuff like this, and I am not sure if there really is an answer to it. The thing is is that it’s getting to be go time and I wanna make sure I am ready to roll.
2189 miles costs how much?!?
Having my mind set on this for a good 2 years now, I have read plenty of articles, books, blogs, forums, yada yada. And of course not one of them gives me a ballpark number. Sure, everyone’s situation is different, and yes, there is that famous saying HYOH (hike your own hike) *for my people reading this, ya I am adding some new vocab to my Yankee/Minnesooota accent, bare with me folks*
I have heard you can do it at about a $1000/month on trail, 6-7 grand, down to 2-4, and most recently and frightening, $10,000……
I don’t have that, and if I was to continue working my job and not go on this epic adventure, I still wouldn’t have that much!
So I think I will stick with eating PB&J’s for lunch, pinching my pennies, and see just how many miles a few bucks can take me!!
*Open to all tips, suggestions, anything about on trail finances or just stories in general!!!*
See you in March!
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