Transition from Thru-Hiker to Section Hiker…
It has been a couple of weeks since I last provided an update. Due to some family emergencies I left the trail at Harpers Ferry and traveled to Delaware to reunite with my wife. After several weeks of being off the trail I’ve made the decision to not continue my thru-hike this year. As it turns out, I hiked 555.5 miles in total. This includes two major sections, the first from Springer Mountain to Roan Moutain, TN, and then from Waynesboro, VA to Harpers Ferry, WV. The trail, towns, and people along my journey have enriched my life in so many ways. The primary benefits are my honed appreciation of the basics of life, the people in my life, and staying in the moment.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail was such a rewarding experience. I met so many interesting people, and learned a great deal about myself as well. So much so that I plan on doing section hikes each year in order to complete the entire trail. That is the beauty of the AT in that it will always be there. This will help me stay physically active and maintain the thrill of hiking and living amongst nature, and experiencing the towns found along the trail.
I’m I’m so proud of my son ~Orphan Andy~ who is within 500 miles of completing the entire trail! Way to go Andrew!
I’ve been asked by some friends to write an equipment post that talks about the gear I used. I will gladly do that in the near future.
Thank you for all of your kind words and moral support throughout my hike. That meant a great deal to me.
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