Reflections from the Halfway Point of My 2018 AT Thru-Hike
I have been surprised at how many people are willing to give their time and resources to support thru-hikers on the trail. I have been the recipient of trail magic in the form of drinks, snacks, and rides into towns on several occasions.
The AT is incredibly well-maintained.
Having hiked half the trail so far, I have been very impressed with how well the trail has been maintained. There are rarely obstructions along the way. Kudos to the individuals and groups who give their time to keep the trail a pleasure to hike.
Hiker hunger is real.
I had heard of hiker hunger, but I was truly surprised at how much and the types of food I am eating. It’s been interesting to eat as much of anything I want and not gain weight.
I had never hitchhiked in my life prior to starting the AT. I really was not looking forward to this aspect of the hike, but sometimes it just makes great sense to do it. I’m amazed at how quickly I have been picked up and taken to and from the towns. The locals are comfortable with hitchhikers and there is no stigma attached to it.
The trail has been a contrast of deprivation and luxury.
One day I’m shivering, trying to get some sleep on a cold night in a shelter. The next I’m sleeping in a hotel with all conveniences provided. I can be eating trail food one day, and enjoying an IPA with my rib eye steak the next.
It’s been nice sleeping in different location each night.
I’ve actually enjoyed sleeping in a different place each night. I’ve stayed in hotels, motels, shelters, hostels, peoples’ homes, and my tent. Even if the location isn’t ideal, it’s only for a night!
It’s truly a privilege to attempt an AT thru-hike.
So many things need to come together to even attempt an AT thru-hike. You need the time off, the finances, health, family support, and some luck for obstacles outside your control. I am trying not to forget this is a privilege afforded to relatively few people and be appreciative even in the hard times.
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