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City: Jefferson Township
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 1, 2020
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 11th, 2020

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Preparing, training and planning.

Hello all, Rhino here, back at it again.

Quick recap:

-Thru hiked the PCT in 2011. (My trail journal is still on this site)

-Met Carolyn, got married, now we will celebrate 5 years of marriage this May 29th!

-Moved to Pennsylvania june 2018 with the in laws. Lived with them till our house was built and moved in May 18, 2019.

-Got fatter and more out of shape than ever

Decided just about 3 weeks ago that I wanted to attempt the AT because I feel this is the best opportunity I will have. Im unemployed due to covid-19 and with my line of work (banquets) Im pretty sure my job will not be coming back anytime soon. And if/when I do get that call to come back to work I will need to decide what to do.

Carolyn, years ago said I could do the AT, but as much as I appreciated her saying that, A lot more goes into than just stopping life and going. It has crossed my mind many times but quickly went away each time. Over the years I have slowly gotten out of shape and didnt hike as much. I pretty much fell in a rut that seemed really hard to get out of. Without writing a book about how we got here to the present, I will have to say this pandemic has been a blessing for me, at least, thats how Im trying to see it.

After talking to Carolyn about truly doing the AT she slowly became on board with the idea. And for me that was so huge mentally. So now all I needed to worry about was the physical part. So the past few weeks I started buying and completing my gear sets and started hiking. Been feeling pretty good and confident that if I go slow and listen to my body then I should be able to do pretty good. I am nervous and actually scared. Scared of the failure that could happen. I attempted the speed record of the PCT i forget which year honestly for some reason and failed. Failed big time. Trained for so many months and to get on the trail to attempt it and get knocked off after day one was a blow to the mind for me. I remember doing 49 miles that day and ended up calling Carolyn that night and said to come pick me up. My IT band was acting up again and I knew It would destroy my body if I continued on.

So this time, I have the opportunity to go for it and the blessing from my wife and her parents and the support from them to carry me thru this.

Lets do this folks! I wont write everything in one journal entry. Thats no fun.

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