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Begins: May 10, 2010
Date: Sun, Sep 12th, 2010
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Thoughts from a couch in Boston
I am in the middle of a middle. An intermission. Tomorrow I will hop a bus and head into the heart of Maine. A woman named Alien will take me to Baxter State Park- can't think of a better person to drop me off at the start of the Appalachain Trail. I might as well be going to the moon. This trail sounds so different than the hiking I am used to out west. But I expect to have all my expectaions & plans blown out of the water- this is still hiking after all & nothing ever goes as planned, reality is always what it is. I hope the baloon of anxiety I have surrounding this adventure gets popped soon, but for now it is kinda fun ( & stressful) to not know if I will like hiking here or if my body can handel it. That worry might sound funny- I mean shouldn't I be in excellent physical condition after hiking for almost 4 months?
Last year I assumed the same thing, but when I switched to the Grant Enchantment Trail after the PCT I strained both my knees on the second day & ended my hiking season completely debilitated. At the moment my body feels stiff & tired from the CDT. I will start as slow as I can out here- but day one will be Katahdin- sounds like the equivelent of whitney as far as knee bashing steepness. I will proceed with caution. Maine is my test state. At the border I will reasses to see if I should keep going.
Underneath it all I am stoked to be hitting the trail! I really hope this is just half way. I want to hike to Georgia by christmas. I want to get to know this mysterious east & stay in leantos, slip on wet roots, follow white blazes blindly, carry only 3 days of food, sign frequent registers, check my email while I'm on the trail....
Off to buy my food for the 100 mile wilderness!
Footsteps for Sandall
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CDT Footsteps For Sandall: Hiking For Wild & Creative Childhoods: Emilysandall.org
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