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July 22, 2019

Unlikely Hiker Trail Journal

AT thru-hike mile 165: Slowing down at Fontana Dam

I’m standing at the checkout with a cup of coffee at the General Store of Fontana Village, a resort a couple miles off the Appalachian Trail. I’ve just purchased some laundry detergent and exchanged some bills for quarters, and the cashier Edna, in a pleasant southern accent, is giving me the very specific low-down on

AT thru-hike mile 70: Hike, rinse, repeat

On Saturday, April 2, I overslept (which for me, on the trail, means I missed the sunrise), but I got moving quickly. I enjoyed a hot breakfast of oatmeal while looking out from the windy top of Tray Mountain, but I did it quickly. I only had one thing on my mind today: blazing through

AT Thru-hike day 2: Every step counts

My first morning on the trail found me at 2:30 a.m., wide awake and somewhat ready to tackle the day. I knew it was an insane hour, but my sleep schedule had been screwy for days, the first day’s hike had me knocked out pretty early, and I can rarely sleep for more than 6

Managing insulin on 2,200 miles of Appalachian Trail

In late January I was sitting awkwardly on a paper-lined examination table in my endrocinrologist’s office trying to come up with the right words.  I had been working too much, a major factor in my decision to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail this year, and I knew it was going to affect the A1C test results

Appalachian thru-hike day 1

When I lived in Colorado for ten months when I was fifteen, I first became acquainted with all of the odd and unique names of mountains and gaps and crossings. There are so many of them!  It is for this reason that when my trail guide told me that the beginning of the approach trail

AT thru-hike starts with a midnight train to Georgia

After a month on the road visiting family and friends, I finally find myself this morning on the only train that heads into Gainesville, GA from my last stop outside Charlotte, NC — the once-a-day Amtrak Crescent 3:12 a.m.  Shortly before sunrise the Hiker’s Hostel will scoop me up and bring me to their place

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