“Why are you back”

It has been a very strange being home for the week.

It was an unfortunate necessity to come and visit home, Bristol T.N. But some things cannot be put on hold for six months while hiking the trail. I came back for both business and answers. Here is hoping that I can accomplish both before returning to the trail.

The Mohawk is a strange sight in the little Bristol town. I believe that the general populace is kept in the early 90s for a majority of the year until the festival season where people enjoy the Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival. None the less, I thoroughly enjoy seeing the heads turn “what was that” and the double take as they see a six foot tall Asian american male walking down the street with a hawk hairdo.

In my normal life I am a photographer who mainly operates in the studio but occasionally I come downtown. Its been fun to run into people that I know that are still in the community. I am getting a regular question though. I am being asked why am I not directly on the trail currently. They wonder if I have quit or if I am just stopping in.

What I really want to talk about is the sudden change of heart in people. Doubtlessly, there were a few that never thought I would go through with the hike. I am given a clearer insight to whom they are due to their renewed interest. The rest are indifferent and ask how is it going but they expect me to finish and give them the full story when I return. I see a need to hear of the adventure and fun. Also the strain and difficulties.

This is a two week transformation that I can feel. I wonder what it will be like after a month, and then after a few months.

Well, the photo taken on the trail should explain how I feel about the trail and my interest on finishing.




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