Why I’m Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Sometimes you just know.
Why would anyone want to spend four to six months on the AT?
The Pacific Crest Trail offers better views, higher peaks, better trails, and more wilderness. The Continental Divide Trail crosses more rugged wilderness. I can hike the Arizona Trail in my own backyard. The Camino de Santiago is oldest and most spiritually significant. There are hundreds of long trails. Why thru hike the AT?
For me, I have to. I just can’t shake the idea of an AT thru hike. Not that I’ve really tried to shake it, of course. I’ve been nurturing it.
Over the past 62 years I’ve learned to listen to ideas that just won’t leave me alone. When I was 19, I met this girl in the lobby of my college dorm. After talking to her for five straight hours, I just knew she was the one. Forty plus years later she still is. Hands down, the best decision I ever made.
Eight years into my professional career I just knew I needed to start my own business. It was the best business decision I ever made. Twenty years later, I just knew it was time to pass the business on to my employees and finally take a vacation. It was the second-best business decision I ever made.
My need to hike the AT feels like those other “just knew it” ideas. Each time, I just knew it was something I had to do.
I got the girl. I had the career. I finally have the time. I just need to get out there and start walking.
See you on the trail.
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