After 8 long months of hard work planning and preparing to make this goal of mine to hike the Appalachian Trail happen, the time is finally here. As I sit in the backseat of my moms Silverado headed to Amicalola Falls, I figure I would take this opportunity to make one last Pre Trail Blah Blah Blog. I promise I won’t make this one long and personal though. I’ve covered everything I wanted to cover leading up to the long trek.
Tomorrow I will start the Approach Trail which is 8.9 miles leading up to the Southern Terminus Springer Mountain, GA. And then it begins. The long trek. 2,190 some miles thru 14 States. It’s either hike until I finish at Mt Katahdin, Maine or hike until the Appalachian Trail is finished with me.
So many emotions are running thru my head right now. But I know that’s to be expected. Mostly anxious though. Ready to get this party started. Also I’m kinda having a hard time grasping right now that I am on my way as I type this up to Amicalola and will be starting the Appalachian Trail in the morning. It’s finally happening. I have done pretty much everything that I could possibly do leading up to this so I am as ready as I can be.
I want to thank all of my sponsors for taking a chance on me. Outdoor Donkey, Kara Uhler At Wildcat Basin Outfitters, were the first sponsors And has been a very big help with gear. I appreciate everything that you guys have done for me. Amanda and TC Stacey along with a couple others really came thru with enough MREs to last the whole Trail if I do the mail drops right. And Tim Madison (my old boss) that owns Duffers Bar and Grill and Betty’s Waterfront for all of your help. It really means the world that you all have stood behind this goal of mine.
To all of my friends and family, I can’t forget about you guys. All of the kind words and all of the conversations that we all had during this journey has been everything. When I first decided that I was going to hike the AT I felt like wanted to do it for the wrong reasons but as the months went by and as I learned how many people were really intrigued by this goal and all of the conversations we all had, that changed. So thank you all. Also as I am typing this up I’m getting message after message and my Facebook and Instagram is blowing up so I can’t thank you all enough.
Last but not least I would like to thank the All Mighty upstairs for the help guiding me down this path. You saw something in me when I didn’t see anything in myself. I have said this many times and I’ll say it again. All I done was come up with a plan and the Lord provided. So thank you Lord.
So this is it. Every Blah Blah Blog after this one will be on the Appalachian Trail. I’m not too sure how many I can and will do out there on my trek but I will try to keep you all updated as much as I can. Once again thank you all for the love and support. From here until I am finished It’s all Heart n Smarts and Crocs n Darn Tough Socks!