Two thousand. One hundred. Eighty-four miles. (Definitely read this in Captain Kirk’s voice)
I will start in Georgia. Am I crazy? Is this a dream I can manifest?
I don’t know.
That’s what makes it exciting.
That’s what makes it necessary.
To take 6 to 9 months completely off my work driven life to auto across the southern half of the United States, then hike the AT, and motor back through the Northern United States.
This is the goal.
This is the dream.
This is my new commitment.
Why do I want to thru-hike?
I want an adventure. I want to experience nature, wilderness. I want solitude.
Logistics I am currently nailing down are route and budget. As to route it looks like a leapfrog route is my best option if I do decide to include the northern end and any of the White Mountains or I may just stop in Vermont. I plan to leave later than the golden day, enough to not be part of the swarm while still avoiding the highest temps.
Budget right now is looking like $1300 a month, including storage of my stuff back home, sounds like a lot of money, but not really. I spend more than that now. On the other hand I am still earning while I am here working.
Need to go tend to those tasks at hand today.
Including my first route worksheet.
Not sure if I am more scared or excited.
Daily goal, replace my fitbit with another pedometer. It died. Start increasing my steps a day. Need to be used to 10 miles a day on flat land, so hiking 10 to 15 is a no brainer.