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KenandNancy - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2017

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Ken & Nancy
Begins: Apr 4, 2017
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Jun 21st, 2017

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Mile 1023- Harpers Ferry, WV

Before leaving Front Royal we spent some time thinking about our hiking the green tunnel of the trail. It had become a drudgery that wasn't enjoyable for us. The anticipation of what each day would bring wasn't there for us anymore as we had realized that all the trail appeared to be the same. We were hiking 25 miles a day over unmaintained trails and pointless ups and downs without seeing anything but the thick underbrush and rocks. It lacked the scenery, wildlife and views of the trails we were used to enjoying. It was a difficult decision as this had been our "dream" to thru hike the Appalachian trail. Unfortunately, our dream was very different from reality. The daily mileage and camping etc wasn't the problem as we easily put in the miles each day. It was the fact that we weren't seeing what we had hoped--as an example, we would sometimes hike for days before we would find something to take a picture of. Ultimately, we decided it wasn't worth continuing past Harpers Ferry-where we hiked into after logging over 1000 miles on the trail. We are sad that our dream wasn't what we had hoped, but comfortable with the decision as it truly wasn't worth while. We have decided to visit New England on our own and see some of the scenery we had hoped we would see on the trail before heading back home.

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