Food has been assembled and gear has been paired down to what I think is a good place to start. Likely still too much stuff, but the trail will tell me that in a hurry.
I think I’ve read most everything there is to read and talked to everyone I know that has any experience along these lines, so now it’s time to do some final tweaks to get ready and just take the next few weeks to continue to get in shape for the walk.
I’ve been hiking with a full pack here in Richmond, although the terrain is not too challenging and good restaurants and other creature comforts are around every corner.
The real challenge will begin as I attack that first hill and then the next and then the next…..and the story of my hike truly begins to unfold and I can add a bit to the long history and story of the Appalachian Trail.
Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers
Roger (Trail name TBD)