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Ontrail - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2012

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State: Perpetual Motion
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 18, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 20th, 2012
Trip Distance: 341.9

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Entry Visits: 470
Journal Visits: 10,384
Guestbook Views: 450
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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What was I really after in a thru hike? That's what I sit here asking myself now. Well, I was after a life change, a change within, and I've experienced it in 4 weeks and 350 miles and I'm ready to apply it to everyday life. I understand love, generosity, and the distractions of everyday life better than I ever have. My spiritual life is full and I'm excited. As far as the adventure of a hike and travel? I want to share it with my wife, still, and we've decided to section the AT for the remainder of our lives when time allows. I feel last years attempt was a failure because I gained not what I was after; the only good from last year was the friendships and learning experiences, which were awesome... this year's hike, while not a thru, is a complete success to me. And that's all that matters. I am not after a destination, or a mileage point to finish at in 6 months. What I'm after I've found. The near 1000 miles of the AT I've hiked over my life has been for one reason, and I can continue with that in mind on any trail on any mountain or coast whether it is a day hike or a longer venture. And even better will be to share it with the woman I love, the woman of my dreams, and as the song goes: all of my dreams are nothing compared to your sweet smile. You are my everything.

I got off in Erwin, TN a few days ago with all intents to continue hiking. Unfortunately a searing, burning, sharp pain in my achillies tendon forced me to decide to a take a bit of time off. So I went home to VA. I could barely do 10 miles yesterday on the Massanutten Trail over fairly level terrain without highly uncomfortable pain. But it is not this injury that has ended my hike. The injury made me assess my current state of mind. I know now without doubt that my hike has changed into one that will hopefully go on forever: a new daily lifestyle. I hope and pray you will find change if you desire it; likewise I hope all the great hikers I've met out there finish strong!

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There's no rainbow gold on the top of Katahdin-- this is it, right here.


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