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Dean "Bobcat" Valentini
City: Upstate
State: NY
Country: US
Begins: Feb 24, 2007
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 8th, 2007
Start: A. Rufus Morgan Shelter
End: Nantahala Outdoor Center
Daily Distance: 0.8
Trip Distance: 86.0
Hours Hiked: 0.25

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 340
Journal Visits: 5,337
Guestbook Views: 328
Guestbook Entrys: 24

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Thursday - Day 13 - 3/8

Hey everybody, Dean here. I made it to a public library so I can actually update myself for once. We came into the NOC planning on just passing through, but some complications arose and turns out that I'm going to be spending the night. My new sleeping bag was supposed to be here, but isn't, so that should be here around 5PM (too late for me to make the 7 miles to the nearest shelter). Also I wanted to get this rash on my hands and ears checked out, so I made a stop in the hospital in the nearest town to see if that was anything serious (it wasn't, they didn't know what it was, and I got a steroid shot to make it go away). That's a relief, sort of...but at least I got some real food for lunch, pizza YAY! Now after the internet access I need to find a ride back into the NOC to bunk for the night there and collect my new sleeping bag. Tomorrow I should be getting a ride back to the trail and meeting up with Dan again at the next shelter (Cable Gap I believe), then heading into Fontana Dam the following morning. I plan to hang around there for a little while and see what fun I can cook up. Despite the good times I've been having, the trail hasn't really been what I had originally expected. Although I have found the fun experiences and beautiful views I was looking forward to many times over, the hiking aspect has become somewhat of a task that at best is an annoyance and at worst makes me miserable. The shelters are an awesome experience, the people are all amazing, and the opportunity for enjoyment is almost limitless. However, I think that I have a much higher potential to enjoy myself if I try a different approach. The thru-hiking strategy is a great one, but as I have discovered, not the best for me. It is hard to describe my feelings, especially in writing, but I think that I would be much better off on a different routine, one that involves going out and hiking on my own agenda, when and where I feel like it. I have thought extensively about this, and the decision was far from an easy one to make, but after consulting with some of my closest friends and family, I have decided to come home within the next couple of weeks. I still wish to hike the trail, and hope to complete it by section hiking it, or doing it in bits and pieces in my free time. In fact a significant part of my summer will most likely be attributed to this. For now at least, a thru-hike is not for me, given my time and monetary constraints. I hope I have not let anyone down, but I need to do what I think is right in this situation and try to have as much fun as possible with the time I have before I'm wondering where it went. That was what this whole trip was about in the first place anyway, finding a good time. So thank you all for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone soon. These hundred some odd miles so far have been some of the best times of my life and I can't wait to get out on the A.T. as much as possible in the near future! Bye for now.

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Following My DREAM

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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