Five hundred miles have now been traveled on these feet of mine. They have suffered numerous stubbed toes on trail-covering tree roots resembling gnarled arthritic hands. Early blisters have evolved into protective callouses. Mosquitoes have apparently organized mass attacks on exhausted hikers, even biting through clothes! You hide out in your tent, kill the four … More 500 mile journal – Why Keep Going? Why Is It Worth It?
Eighty two miles of this hundred continued in the same manner as the last hundred ended…painfully. Tendinitis in both legs augmented the normal trail trials and tribulations. New Jersey gave way to New York which abruptly greets hikers with challenging hand over hand rock scrambles with appropriate names like The Ladder and The Lemon Squeezer, … More 400 mile journal – Trail Angels and Magic
Over three weeks have passed since I began my hike of the Appalachian Trail…300 miles and four states hiked with 30-40 pounds on my back. This hundred mile section brought constant undulations and widely varying terrain. Brutally enthralling with unrelenting miles of tens of thousands of unavoidable rocks, all pointed upwards, their sharp points like … More 300 mile journal – Pennsylvania, The Shoe Destroyer
Every hundred miles, my goal is to journal a summary to share with you all. I’m zeroing at 191 miles today. Close enough. This week, filled with soaking shoes, slippery stones, silly stories, swollen feet, magic moments, and cleansing, guttural laughter has been riddled with rocky ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. Endless wet, ankle-twisting rocks … More 200 mile journal – Trail Lessons
I started my hike a mile south of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia a week ago yesterday. I’ve slept in trail shelters, hiker hostels, in my tiny tent at campsites and even stealth camped out in the woods. I’ve listened to owls and coyotes sing me to sleep in the woods, dealt with gnats unceasingly dive-bombing … More 100 mile journal – First Week Survival!