I backpacked for 80 days completing 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
As I considered my full-time RVing adventures and the unexpected twists and turns of 2020, there were numerous reminders intermingled among the days that whispered just how precious every moment is. For nearly three years, I have been experiencing the freedom of retirement as well as living and traveling full-time in my RV. I look to the horizon for a new opportunity, a fresh taste, a new challenge and renewed appreciation for every moment.
As I imagined the new year that lay ahead, I sought an epic journey to stretch both my mind and body to make every day count.
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Backpacking 700 Miles and Off Trail – June 20, 2021
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2200 Miles of Appalachian Mountains
For those not familiar, the Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile hiking path that follows the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Yes, that means on March 21st, I will pack my gear, tread carefully into the wilderness, cook with a small stove, sleep in a tent and hike each day easing my way north. About once a week, I will make my way through a small town and resupply.
If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President
The journey should take about five to six months, and if all goes well sometime in September (maybe October) I will emerge at the terminus atop Mount Katahdin in Maine just shy of the Canadian border.
Only about twenty percent of those who attempt this endeavor continue all the way to Maine. I will push through foul weather, the inevitable aches and pains, and countless hurdles, while appreciating every mile, being grateful for scenic views and enjoying the sunrises and sunsets amid the simplicity of daily life in the wilderness.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist
Fortunately, technology will enable me to periodically stay in touch with the real world, and alternatively allow me to share my journey as I progress on my walk through fourteen states.
I’ll periodically post updates and photos here on RVingRevealed.com. I am currently in research and learning mode and acquiring gear such as my backpack, tent and sleeping bag.