The Fuse is Lit (Cue Mission Impossible Theme)

The time for talking and planning has passed, it is now (finally) time to start walking. After months of preparation, training and anticipation, my thru hike has officially commenced! Before I get into the first week of hiking, I would like to talk about my sendoff.

There is no way I would be able to attempt this thru hike without the support of my family and friends. Prior to driving down to Amicalola Falls, my friends had a sendoff dinner to remind me of all the good food and fun that I will miss while on the trail (Thanks guys!).  Next, my wife drove me to the approach trail head where we stayed at the lodge and had a wonderful evening. The next morning, we awoke early and had a great breakfast. As it turns out – the last good and satisfying meal I’ve had in a week. With nothing left to do, we went to the famous arch where we said our good byes and took a picture for posterity.

And we’re off ….

From my reading of the many SOBO thru hikers from last year – their finish at Springer seems a little anti-climatic. There was usually little fanfare. A picture or two at the plaque marking the Southern Terminus followed by the 8 mile walk from Springer to Amicalola Lodge where they quietly put an end to their trek. Well – let me tell you, going NOBO is a different experience! I realize that, as of yet, I don’t have my trail legs and I’m carrying more weight than I should (both in and out of the pack) – but the walk UP the approach trail is a quick reminder that this isn’t going to be just a “Walk in the Woods”.

I was glad to stop after walking only 11 miles on the first day. I told myself there is no way that I wouldn’t at least make it – officially – the the AT and take a few steps.

To summarize my first week’s experiences:

  1. It is harder and colder than I thought
  2. I have already met some great people
  3. I am sore all the time
  4. I spend a lot of time thinking about my family
  5. I am grateful for this opportunity
  6. I need some sleep!

As always – Never been closer!

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Comments 8

  • Lori : Feb 16th

    Woohooo!!!! Loving every detail. Can’t wait to catch up with you along the way! -Lori

  • Jane Seaman : Feb 17th

    Lovely to read your update. So in awe of goal. As Bob Marley said, “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice” . Keep trekking Bill, look forward to your next update. Be safe.

  • Craig Raycraft : Feb 17th

    It’s about time! I was starting to think you were actually only hiking the AT in your backyard ?
    Glad to hear the first week was without incident and you putting one foot in front of the other.
    I’m looking forward to joining you in a month.
    Blessings, Craig

  • Richard Thayer : Feb 17th

    Nice update Bill! Keep it up and enjoy the challenge. If everyone could do what you are attempting, the trail would be paved and McDonald’s would have naming rights and diners everywhere along the path.
    What do you find to be the most taxing part on your body, feet, back, neck, etc…?

  • David Hood : Feb 17th

    Best of luck Bill. I’ll be following your adventure and with you in spirit.

  • Andrea : Feb 18th

    Congrats on your first week!

  • Laura Parker : Feb 19th

    I am inspired listening to your journey! May the days ahead bring you joy.

  • Sue Pevonka : Feb 19th

    Enjoyed hearing from you Thinking of you everyday!! Keep on keeping on!!


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