Appalachian Trail Fail


The AT kicked my ass.  Three times. I went to it in 2016, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed.  It chewed me up and spat me out.  As I lay there, it stomped on me.  And when I whimpered, it kicked me in the nuts.  I love the AT and haven’t given up hope that we can get back…

Back on the Trail


I was supposed to return to the AT on Monday, April 18th but thunderstorms and subsequent flooding in Houston put a crimp in my plans. Fortunately I was able to change my flight and hostel reservation without incurring and additional charges.  Amtrak charged me $3 but the original fare was $10 Checked into the Teahorse…

AT Reboot


  I stopped. I pondered. And decided to switch from NOBO to Flip Flop. I returned home.  Made an appointment to have an orthopedic specialist check out my knee.  Good news- no surgery.  Got fitted for a knee brace and went thru about half a dozen physical therapy sessions.  The therapy sessions were much better…

Day 3: AT Georgia is Kicking My Ass


Woody Gap Friday, March 18, 2016 The heat from the first day has continued for the following two.  It actually feels even hotter.  Later on someone tells me that the temp had hit the 80s, which was a record for that time of the year.  The featured picture on my previous post – a shaded…

Day 1: AT Georgia, Damn It’s HOT


  Hawk Mountain Shelter Wednesday, March 16, 2016 My first day started off well.  Was up and about at 7 am.  Went outside, expecting it to be cold.  It wasn’t.  It was overcast and a little damp but not cold.  Even that early, just a t-shirt was fine. It was around 9:30 am when we…

AT NOBO Planning


Put together a preliminary plan for my AT thru-hike that calls for completion in 101 days.  This is probably too aggressive and 120 days is a more realistic target.  However, I’m going to keep the 101 days as a stretch goal. Start date is still kinda up in the air because of delays with my…