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AlexKrebs - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2009

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Alex
City: Asheville
State: NC
Country: US
Begins: Jun 9, 2009
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Trip Distance: 750.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 318
Journal Visits: 3,222
Guestbook Views: 313
Guestbook Entrys: 27

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Off the trail back in school

For those of you who do not know I have left the trail. The decision was very much an enlightened one and I do plan on finishing the trail/completing a full through hike when I get done with school. I've made it past where more than 80% of the SOBOS have left, more than a third of the trail, 750 miles. Those figures however are not important. I have decided to go back to school and finish up more or less on time. I have only slight regrets and know full heartedly that my decision to come home was the right one. I have learned more about my self, life, society, and ecology in the 65 days I was on the trail than I could have asked out of the whole 6 months. Classes started yesterday, I have till friday to get everything finalized and I got back home last night at 8pm. I've got a lot to do but I now know what hard work is, and honestly, going to school is going to be pretty easy now that I can appreciate the smaller things in life that most take for granted. Obviously getting off the trail is a very emotional experience, whether you finish or not. I already miss hiking, good thing is I can still go on hikes quiet often, maybe today! I wish you all the best and thank you for your support with me on this journey! I can't wait for school to finish so that I can do more exploring and finish what I have started!

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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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