The mohawk was inspired by necessity. It was my intention to have the mohawk before I left for the trail. It would have been a birthday gift to myself on May 9th.
I am a Rome Georgia native and trips to Atlanta GA. were a regular activity. The big city, the food, the multitude of culture, all of it is worth absorbing if you have not taken the time. Honestly my childhood visits to atlanta consisted of me not taking those opportunities and now as a recent college grad, I would love a chance to explore the capital of the south. I have a family friend who is no less to me a family member that has been cutting my hair for the better part of two decades. If he was to see this now he would implore that as well done as it is by our very own Braveheart and Matt (both 2015 Thru Hikers), he would have like to have given me the parting gift himself.
After a few days in the heat and exhaustion set in from the Georgia heat, I really began to regret not taking one more day to get the haircut. I was then determined to do it at the Top of Georgia Hostel, my next stop.
I brought back a buzzer from town to have Braveheart cut it. After the cut I felt that it was appropriate to start referring to myself with my trail name. Chuhawk.
To me the mohawk was another step in removing myself from my home life, my civilian life and step further into my hiker persona. I have taken a few days to upload my stories from the first two weeks on the trail and here the mohawk feels out of place. Just as being on the trail with a lot of materials that were necessary for life in the city felt out of place. It reminds me that I will be returning to the trail very soon to continue my journey
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