And so it begins

Penultimate day of 2018, but looking forward to a new year and new challenges.

2018 was a back-and-forth affair with “should I hike or not.” Six months ago, I was 100% sure I’d be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019. Of course, as is the case with me, I found an excuse to abandon it.

I still wanted to hike, so I looked at the much longer Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. Yep, I would hike this trail.

Again self-doubt crept in, concerns about hiking through 700 miles of desert, and knee high snow made me rethink.

Reading a book at the moment talks about the biggest challenge facing hikers: the mental and psychological aspect of hiking. The author says hikers spend so much time prepping for their hike, only to abandon their hike because some mental part or frustration overtook their desire to finish.

Two days ago, I registered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for an April 3rd start date. John and I will drive down to northern Georgia sometime late March.

Until then, the only kind of training I can do will be snowshoeing as we have so much snow here.

It is estimated that one takes 5 million steps to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Let the adventure, the pain, and the mind games begin.


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