Monthly Archives: February 2012
Food boxes packed – check
Gear ready to be loaded into pack – check
Stuff dropped off at Goodwill – check
I can’t believe that in a little over a week, I will be getting on a train and heading to Georgia to start my Appalachian Trail adventure. The support I have gotten from my friends has been amazing. It’s going to be very hard to say goodbye, even though it’s only for six months. I’m getting incredibly nervous; part of me wants to be on my way so my nerves will settle. The beauty is that I know what to do about nerves – don’t give them energy and stay positive. My biggest fears right now are being too cold at night, and running out of money before I finish. I have a 30 degree down bag, with an emergency bivy sack if I get too cold. I have plenty of high-tech clothes to wear in my bag, and two sleeping pads – it’s just fear (false evidence appearing real). As for the money deal; I have enough – I need to remember that I’m not going to be spending out there like I do at home. No rent, no bills, no gas, no car – it’s just food, new shoes every 500 miles or so, and an occasional night in a bed. I have to shift my thinking, which will happen when I get out and start walking. Just a few more days….
This is awesome, I can speak instead of type while I’m hiking. I’ll be able to tell my story without having to take the time to type it. I love technology.
I wanted to take this opportunity to throw a shout out to Raw Revolution energy bars. They graciously agreed to provide me with bars for my hike, and they arrived, as promised, last week. I love these bars. They are made from natural, raw, ingredients and provide everything I need to keep my energy up while hiking. They provided me with enough that I will be able to give folks samples along the trail, as well as some stickers to hand out. Hikers like stickers! 32 days until I hit the trail, I’m getting excited…and nervous.