Tuesday, February 4, 2014

One More Month!

Bfeffsepuivhdnfe!! Only one month (28 days) until I start hiking north from Georgia! I still cant fully comprehend what I'm getting myself into, 8 months ago I thought "Hey, wouldn't it be kind of cool to just hike for 6 months" and 8 months later I'm actually going through with it. Every so often especially when someone confronts me about what exactly I'm doing I think, "5-6 months, I'm going to walk for 5-6 freakin months"and then my mind usually explodes thinking about how intense this is going to be. There's no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the hardest things I've ever done, which I believe is just what I need. Tomorrow I'm leaving for a 5-day shakedown hike to see if my gear and myself will work okay.  I'm not going to post daily while out there, I figured in a few months I'll be walking the same section only the opposite direction.

In the book Appalachian Trials (link below) it is suggested that you make a list explaining why you are hiking, what you will do when you finish, and what will happen if you don't. Below is my list explaining those such things, I hope it is acceptable.

I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because...
  • I want to figure out what I want out of life
  • I want to put off the real world 
  • I want adventure
  • I want to do something most people have not
  • I'm sick of being comfortable
  • Of the cool people I will hopefully meet
  • I like being in the great outdoors
When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail  I will...
  • Be a man.
  • Be ready to take on the world
  • Have some nice legs
  • Say I've hiked a continuous 2,180 miles
  • Have conquered a great feat
  • Feel accomplished
  • Have a greater appreciation for the little things
If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will...
  • Hate myself for even attempting it
  • Feel like I wont be able to accomplish anything
  • Live with being like every other person who quit
  • Punch a puppy
  • Try again

*The long word that began this post is meant to show excitement and is complete gibberish. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074U5L58/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title

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