Ruth Morley

After living overseas 18 years, I continue to enjoy exploring the world, especially via my own two feet. Doing the 1500 mile GR5 trail from the North Sea to the Mediterranean made me fall in love with long distance hiking. Now that we're back in Ohio, the Appalachian Trail keeps calling me. So in 2017, I answered. After tons of prep work at home dehydrating all my gluten- and dairy-free food, I got 500 miles in before tendonitis and the dreaded plantar fasciitis sent me home. After healing over the winter, I finished up the southern half on Nov.10, 2018. But the northern 1100 miles await, so I must go. Join me this spring/summer as I explore and complete this section hopefully in one go.

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Never Say Never:  My Blue Blaze off the AT Has an Unexpected Grand Finale

Never Say Never: My Blue Blaze off the AT Has an Unexpected Grand Finale

For those of you who follow my blog, you will remember that my body finally cried "Uncle!" after nearly 15 weeks of hard backpacking from Harpers

Sep 8, 2019 : Ruth Morley
An Unexpected New Route to Katahdin

An Unexpected New Route to Katahdin

Ah, my friends, stuff happens. All the carefully laid out plans must sometimes change. That’s life and one must accept it and continue on in a new

Aug 13, 2019 : Ruth Morley
The Extremes of My New Hampshire Experience

The Extremes of My New Hampshire Experience

I’m not sure how to explain all of what I’ve been through the past 16 days. It feels like so much longer, given the wild range of experiences and

Aug 6, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Three Faces of the Trail… Plus ROAD TRIP!

Three Faces of the Trail… Plus ROAD TRIP!

I find that, for me, there are three different faces of the Appalachian Trail. The first is the trail itself, the time spent surrounded by

Jul 20, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Verging on Virginia Blues in Vermont

Verging on Virginia Blues in Vermont

When northbound thru-hikers have hiked  hundreds miles north from Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and are still in Virginia, some of them

Jul 9, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Handy Trail Tips

Handy Trail Tips

DISCLAIMER: This post was written in Ruth's perspective by Ruth's son, based solely on pictures she provided him. He is a race car driver who never

Jul 3, 2019 : Ruth Morley
OK AT, If You Dish It Out, I Can Take It!

OK AT, If You Dish It Out, I Can Take It!

So I say to myself, “Self, how can you possibly find enough material  for a blog after just four days of hiking since your last zero day?”  And I

Jun 17, 2019 : Ruth Morley
I’ve Got Friends in High Places

I’ve Got Friends in High Places

Wow, what a great week I’ve had!  And I’m so happy that you have chosen to follow me on my journey.  Thank you!  It certainly adds to my experience

Jun 13, 2019 : Ruth Morley
On to a New State!

On to a New State!

These past five days of hiking have been both rewarding and challenging.  In fact, that pretty much sums up the majority of the AT experience.  I

Jun 4, 2019 : Ruth Morley
Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

Doing a long-distance endeavor like this AT trek is a lesson in adaptability. Despite all the careful planning in the world and attention to detail,

May 29, 2019 : Ruth Morley