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A Dream Come True

13 Oct

On the Friday before last — October 4th — Bojangles summited Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.Bojangles Katahdin

In all, he hiked 2,185.9 miles

through 14 states

in 197 days,

which is over 6 1/2 months.

In the process, he lost 38 pounds.

He is amazing.

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His crew after me.

His crew after me.

FogMouseMount100 MileSunsetFor Bojangles, the AT was a dream that took hold over a year ago, when he moved back into his parent’s basement and started working at a moving company to save money for the hike of a lifetime.

And now he’s done it, and he’s moving back into his parent’s basement.  He’s not sure what’s next in life.  He figured the AT would help him with that.

He says he thought he’d feel different — changed in some profound way — when he got done.  But he says he feels the same.

I told him that when he looks back in 15 years, the change in him will be plain as day.

To me, the greatest gift of an AT thru-hike — or a similar escape from the real world — is the gift of time. Time to see.  To feel.  To think.  All those hours spent in your head.

Time is also one of the greatest gifts of life.  It is life’s currency.  When you look back on your life, you’re going to count your hours and days and weeks and months and years and wonder where they went.  My hope for Bojangles is that he lives every one of them like he lived the last 6 1/2 months — fully embracing the pain and the possibility, the crooked paths and the straightaways, the doubt and the doggedness, and — of course — the sweet, sweet joy of triumph.

CONGRATULATIONS, BO!