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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!

Notes on My Way out the Door

20 Mar

I’m catching the midnight train to Georgia tonight!  I’ve spent the entire day packing.  And — even leaving the undies and deodorant out — I’m having some real issues.  Hmm.

Anyway, this will be last time at a computer for a while so a few notes:

1.  Track me while I’m on the AT!  The new “Tracking” page on my blog header includes a link that shows my GPS location (my iPhone will regularly ping my location).  Check it out.  Should come in handy if I need rescuing.

2.  A big last minute decision for me was: to bear bag or not to bear bag.  Hikers traditionally hang their bags from trees during the night to reduce the chances of getting eaten by a bear.  I read half an article and watched one minute of a YouTube video on the subject of “bear bagging” before realizing — with complete certainty — that there is no way I’ll be able to figure out how to do it properly.  It’s just way too complicated and requires way too much practical sense.  I will do it incompetently and then the bears will steal my food and I will starve.

You figure that out.

You figure that out.

So… I plan on sleeping with my food bag as my pillow.  If the bears want my food, they’re going to have to come through me.  I’ll let you know how that works out.

3.  I closed the polls early upon realizing I needed a computer to post the graphics.  So… [drum roll]:

How Far Will Lucie Hike on the Appalachian Trail?

Poll 2a

Poll 2b

The “other” vote was 200 miles.

If I Were Lucie, My Biggest AT Fear Would Be…

Poll 1a

Poll 1b

The “other” vote was loneliness (good one!). I am also worried about loneliness’s cousin: boredom.  Someone else also expressed concern about “eating random plants” (someone who has obviously watched The Hunger Games a few too many times…).