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What have I got myself into....?
Ok, time to get serious. My flight to Atlanta is booked for 3/21, I'm staying at the Hiker Hostel and stepping on the approach trail the next day. Funny thing is I'm not nervous. I'm a project manager and am trying hard not to plan too much, I want this to be a more relaxed take it as it comes type of thing (within reason!).
This is all very "out of the box" stuff for me, I usually plan everything, including spontaneity! Anyway, had a friend over a few weeks ago, Puck who thru'd in 2000. I've read his journal before and now get to look through the photos and it was a mistake, I didn't get to sleep until about 2 or 3 in the morning, dammit, too excited thinking about things. Great to get an old hand to look through my gear and get some suggestions, priceless, thanks Puck!!
Things aren't looking too bad gear wise, 22lbs pack weight and 34lbs with what I think is 4 days food and 3ltrs water. I suspect that I'm going to have more and more sleepless nights. Only thing I'm worried about are boots/shoes, since I have a screwy right foot that makes it hard to find a good fit, and what the heck do you really eat on the trail. Oh well...we'll see. I guess I should say something about me but will save that for the next "prep" post (I might have to think and that always hurts).
Appalachian Trail - 2009
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.
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