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City: Palm Bay
State: Florida
Country: United States
Begins: Oct 12, 2018
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2018
Start: Home Base - Florida
End: Same

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 96
Journal Visits: 1,067
Guestbook Views: 4
Guestbook Entrys: 0

Getting Ready

Wow, where do I begin. Started hiking about 5 years ago with my wife and daughter. It didnt take them long to realize that hiking was not for them. For me? I was hooked. I started out with cheap, heavy gear thinking that a 30 lb base weight wasnt so bad. OHHHH, how I was wrong. Meet a hiker at work and instantly became friends. After a year of walking in the woods in sunny central Florida, a week long trip to the Smokies was in order. When experienced hikers tell you to do a pre-hike shakedown, LISTEN. I had a great time but carried way too much stuff. In the end, I ended up messing up my knees pretty bad and thought that I would never hike, sail or play sports again. After 2 years of re-hab and lots of shakedown hikes, I am ready for my first thru-hike. Granted, it is only 77 miles, but I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I have read more journals and reviews of gear than I care to share, absorbing what is the latest and greatest in hiking gear and reading about experiences on the trail. I have gone thru 4 backpacks, 3 tents, and countless sleep systems and clothes to find what best works for me. My dream hike is thru-hiking the PCT in 2025, so everything revolves around getting ready for that hike. Until then, it is hike when and where I can. I have gotten by base down between 15.5 to 18 lbs, depending on where I am going. Some gear is ultra-light, some gear is a luxury. I suffer with Migraines, so my sleep system is a little heavy to manage my migraine triggers which mostly come from sleeping at night.I have found a way to mitigate with my sleep system.

Living in Florida is a water nut's dream, sailing and fishing, but hiking.... not so much. Hot, sandy, flat. So trips up north are always in the works with my hiking bud, p-string.

This will be the start of my journaling. I will be posting updates on the trail and learning how to manage my journal on my phone.
Just an FYI, I wont be pounding out 15 mile days, so if that is your expectation, this is not what this hike is about. It is about the peace and freedom that I experience when I strap on my pack, and take a walk. Elevation gain/loss will be in hundreds of feet, not thousands of feet, but it doesn't matter. The dirt, the pain, the gain, and the tranquility of lying in my tent at night, nothing like it. Except racing in a sailboat, in 10 ft seas with the breeze around 20 knots, surfing down each wave and blasting into the back of the next one. Yeah, kinda like. Elevation and mileage will be the focus for my PCT Thru-hike.

Looking forward to hiking in 9 days!

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The Foothills Trail

The Foothills Trail is 77 miles that traverses thru the Blue Ridge mountains, from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park.


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