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Pour Bastard - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2011

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Pour Bastard
State: The Great State of Na Hampsha
Begins: Mar 28, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Mar 20th, 2011
Trip Distance: 10.0

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So Much To Do - So Little Time

It's the Sunday before I leave. I knew this would happen - the trip has sneaked upon me and now I'm starting to feel the pressure. I have so much to do before I can leave. I guess there will be 6 nights that I won't be getting alot of sleep. I've got tons of work to finish up, some trip stuff but things I can take care of last minute like getting money from bank, getting postage on my mail drop packages, etc. I have to say I'm excited about going but am also nervous that Jolene and Sean will be here without me for 6 weeks. I'm sure they will be able to get by without my input - both will probably enjoy the lack of my thoughtful insights into most everything they do.

Yesterday I put my hammock, tarp and sleeping bag into my backpack. Boy did it suck up the room. I also put in my down jacket and food bag and that all fit. The only things I didn't have in there was my clothes bag which is pretty small and compactable and my electronics bag (cellphone, camera, transistor radio, battery chargers) and the maps and guide book. I'm hoping to keep my pack under 45 pounds - I'd like to keep it under 40 but I just can't seem to give up some items. I will probably repack the components a few more times in order to see if I can compress the volume alitte prior to leaving.

I had emailed Dave earlier last week a quote that I had found on the web site "White Blaze" and thought it was pretty appropriate for us.

I told him that this will summarize the initial portion of our hike.

You dont have to think fast if you move slow. - Red Green

I don't plan on thinking too fast for quite some time.

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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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