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State: Perpetual Motion
Begins: Jun 13, 2011
Date: Sat, Jul 2nd, 2011
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 357.4
Entry Visits: 376
Journal Visits: 12,326
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Guestbook Entrys: 8
Appalachian Trail Map
Zeroing in Rangeley... Reflecting on 350 miles of trail life:
- Folks, I had no idea it would be this tough. Busting myself up with 10 different falls on slick, too steep rock? Rebar in rock? Ladders in rock? Technical, don't look down climbing? This is not the Appalachian Trail I've hiked before!
- Maine is rugged, dangerous, albeit stunningly beautiful.
- I'm pretty sure I'm immune to mosquito bites by now. I also own stock in deet.
- food gets progressively better with each 5000 calorie day burn. I'm pretty sure if someone put flavor enhancers in my town food my taste buds would salivate profusely before imploding.
- what we dream of doing vs. the reality of the dreams can equal surprising twists. For me the biggest twist so far is the immense amount of solitude on this leg of the journey. It never occurred to me, mostly because i've always hiked with my wife, and I like sharing adventure with others.
- the sheer generosity of people you meet, from rides to town given by wealthy families despite your 5 day body odor, to the parents of other thru hikers willing to drive 6 states to help you because of your ankle (we had to tell him it wasn't that bad); all of it is overwhelming and has encouraged my faith in the goodness of people.
- can I do this to the end? Physically, yes. Mentally, it's one day at a time. My body is getting very strong: muscle and cardiovascular. My mind questions my motives and desires and often a battle goes on there.
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