NOBO or Bust? Barefoot Weighs His Options
I have gotten back on the Appalachian Trail after the tumultuous trials of broken toes, fallen heroes and July 4th shenanigans. I headed back into the Shenandoah National Park and nailed several 20+ mile days but am being told reaching 900 is too far, too late to mount Katahdin at a decent time. Most of the current crowd, read: very few, and remaining thru-hikers have all expressed they either intend to party until they can’t, or Flip-flop as SOBOs.
I’m still not on a time constraint, but severe weather is a concern. I haven’t come to any conclusions yet, but these are the thoughts weighing on my mind. I feel very sore, nothing especially new and, with my toes tightly wrapped, I have only hit a few places where I’ve stopped and had to rest until the pain subsided. It’s been unnecessarily hot lately, but as long as I dig deep I feel this is still all going well. The Whites are unprecedented for me, I will especially be paying attention to the cold with new gear, fleece and zero degree sleeping bag unlike my April start. The seasons are fast approaching and I’ll need to decide which end of them I want to be on.
I’d love to hear views from those sharing in my adventure or with past experiences of crossing the halfway point late in July. Be sure to comment.
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