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Split & Two step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 19, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jan 22nd, 2012

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 5,307
Journal Visits: 76,997
Guestbook Views: 11,595
Guestbook Entrys: 123

Training

Appalachian Trail Map

Inspiration

None of us enter into a new way of life without a motivation or an inspiration. A through hike of a >2000 mile trail is not a hike, it is a way of life. A trip that will take us out of our comfortable homes, our jobs, and much of our family. But we choose the thrill of the morning sunrise, a shaded lake with perfect mountain reflection, day after day, mile after mile, and we know we are lucky enough to have the health, the time, the means, to live our dream.

Today, Becky and I were lucky enough to see Marcia and Ken Powers' talk about their recent hikes thorugh Utah, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon. We have followed Marcia and Ken on their ADT, PCT, AT, and other long distance hikes for years. Their journals and talks are the definition of inspiration. We've had the pleasure of telling them of our John Muir Trail hikes the last few years, and they've always been interested and helpful. This year we were excited to tell Marcia and Ken about our upcoming through hike, and they seemed almost as excited as we were. They are both examples of the best the trail has to offer.

So on top of a weekend of setting up our trail journal, tasting two new dehydrated lunches, two multi-hour long training sessions, and long strategy discussions - some of the perspiration necessary to get prepared for the trail - it was great to experience the inspiration that drives us to take this journey.

See you down the trail,

Chris






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Chris And Becky's 2012 Excellent Adventure

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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