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Gorp-Gobbler - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2019

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City: Grove City
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2019
Direction: Eastbound

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Date: Tue, Sep 25th, 2018

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I selected the title "Decisions" for this entry because that's what I'm up against. My heart says I want to hike next year (2019) but my mind is telling me,'can you really do it'? I like to think I can especially since I'm going at it with a different game plan.

I'm not going to be in a hurry like I have been on previous hikes. I just can't keep up with the "youngesters" like I use to. Another thing that will help me with my "slow-it-down Gorp" mind set, is that I'll be hiking with a partner who just had knee surgery. Not saying she will hold me by no means, we will still do miles, just not the killer miles that some hikers try to do, this is not a race.

I think financially, I'll be OK. Physically, I do have issues with arthritis in both knees, hands and my back. My back doesn't hurt like my hands and knees do from time to time, so I'll just have to listen to my body.

We have all the time in the world to make it to Maine, well at least until October 15, the date they usually set for the closing down of Katahdin.

Equipment wise, I want to replace my LightHeart Gear "SoLong 6" tent with Osprey's "Copper Spur UL2". I know I'll be adding 12 oz. to my weight, but I think I compensated for that by swapping out a 3 lb. sleeping bag for one that weighs 1 lb. 13 oz.

The Copper Spur is a lot roomier with it's near, verticle side walls. This will make loading my pack easier without hitting my head on the top of the tent, plus I'll be able to sit up easier while inside. The main factor that sold me on this tent, is the fact that it's Totally Free-Standing, which will be handy in campsites using tent platforms, or where the soil is too loose to hold tent stakes.

Stay tune as we await our Start Date.

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