For two years I’ve dreamt of hiking the Appalachian Trail. I thought it was something I could do. I thought the Appalachian Trail would be the one thing I could look back on and say I finally have accomplished something big in my life. I’ve felt something was missing in terms of something that I can say I did something big.
Today I have ended my hike. The first 4 miles of today’s hike was so grueling. I’m not sure if it was the difficult climb up Sassafras Mountain. Descending was just as tough as the climbs. My left knee is screaming out in pain my and my ankles are sore. Every step was a wobbly one. I knew going into this hike I had arthritis, but though I could somehow hike thru it.
Some said to me today at least I tried. I doubt that as I hiked a total of 12 miles. I bawled on the phone to John telling him I couldn’t continue.
I feel I let down a lot of people. Clearly I was physically unprepared for the hike. I just know I have to listen to my body, and it screams for relief.
That’s it. Sorry