I'm a 63 year old medically retired (limbic encephalitis) airline pilot. I've been married 35 years to a wonderful woman. We have two independent and thriving children. My hobbies have included reading, music, motorcycle touring, and competitive aerobatics in my small bi-plane. I don't compete anymore because of the LE. I got into long distance hiking on the Northern Route of the El Camino de Santiago, about 700 miles including side trips. Looking forward to the challenge of the AT and the characters I'll meet along the way. If you see a black hatted, white bearded old guy just staring into space, please aim him at the next white slash a give a little shove. Thanks. I am doing this as a pledged hike. If anyone is interested in contributing they can go to HikeFor.com and sign up as a sponsor. The organizations I'm targeting are the Mayfield Education and Research Foundation and the Red Rock Community College(Tyler Hagaman Scholarship for Physicians Assistant students. Mayfield funds Neuroscientists who have promising ideas to help understand a wide variety of neurological disorders including limbic encephalitis. The Tyler Hagaman Scholarship is aimed at Physicians Assistant students to help them finish this great program. Tyler died during his last year in the program. It didn't take long to recognize in Tyler many of the characteristics that he shared with his peers and friends; a love of the outdoors and outdoor adventure, a playfulness that he was never shy to express, and a big and willing heart which, I think, is a generational continuation and gift from his parents. This scholarship is a fitting way to remember Tyler.
I've been on the trail now for almost 3 weeks. It is hard to describe the mental adjustments that take place. I guess the ups and downs of the
On February 16 I arrived at Amicalola State Park to start NOBO on the AT. I got a tent site and set up for a good nights sleep before jump off day.
I,m heading out for the AT today and I want to thank the person who has made this and many other departures possible, Rita Thomas Larkin. Over our
The holidays are over. Now there is not much to do but watch the calendar and deal with itchy feet syndrome. We've weighed
To Train or Not to Train? I've been reading some forum discussions about how to get physically and mentally ready for a through hike of the AT.
If you've read Zach Davis' Appalachian Trials you will probably remember his early advice; "Write down your reasons for wanting to hike the