Weeks 15, 16 & 17: 1500 Miles, Still a Mess
When you start out 500 miles seems like a insurmountable distance, forget 1500 miles. You think should you ever be so lucky to hike such a great distance, you’ll have this hiking thing down. Not true. I was a mess when I began. I was a mess through the Smokies. I was a mess all through Virginia. And now with over 1500 (1502.6 miles to be exact) under my belt, I’m still a mess. I’ll probably be a mess in Maine.
Since my last post, a surprisingly 3 weeks (this long time passing between posts seems to be a trend), I’ve exited Pennsylvania (no tears shed there) and hiked through New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and now I’m in Massachusetts. (That’s over a third of the states completed in just 3 weeks!) Wanna know what that looks like?
Super cool, right? I know. So cool.
Today while checking into the hotel (I’m spending the night in Great Barrington, MA), the concierge asked me about my mental state, which is something I don’t think about on the trail. I think about how much I hate the heat, the slabs of rock, going uphill, going downhill, the bugs, my stench. The list could probably go on. Most recently I discovered I’m allergic to leukotape which I had all over my feet. An incredibly itchy rash broke out everywhere it was, which became small blisters, which became giant blisters that still itch. My feet are certainly not living the dream right now. However, I haven’t contemplated ending my hike. There are bad days and less bad days. There are even great days. If I have learned nothing else about myself on the trail, it’s that I bend and don’t break. I haven’t hit my breaking point yet. Hopefully I won’t.
Ok, now quick montage of cool things that have happened in the last 3 weeks.
So now what?? It’s BIRTHDAY MONTH!! (Aka I turn 26 on July 20th.) Really birthday month is an excuse to be obnoxious for an entire month. “Oh you’d like me hang the line for the bear bag?” “Did you know it’s birthday month?” That doesn’t work too well btw. 25 has been a great year. I can only imagine what 26 will be like (Hopefully (at least for my old man) I’ll get a job in year 26 instead of hiking the Eastern seaboard)
However, if you would like to mail a card/package in celebration of my special day (I definitely wouldn’t argue against it):
Molly Bybee; c/o Base Camp Outfitters; 2363 Route 4; Killington, VA 05751; Please hold for AT hiker; ETA 7/24
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