The Not So Fun Part

Getting food ready for this adventure is Not fun. I have an entire spreadsheet devoted to food.

I have decided to do mail drops for the first month of this trip (500 miles). After that,  Hugh will either mail me food or I will buy it in towns along the A.T.  The easiest meal is Mountain House dehydrated meals. You just pour boiling water into the bag and voila! Yummy food. Unfortunately you pay for the convenience – it is expensive! I have decided to do Mountain House about every other day and do Knorr’s Pasta sides on the others, with mashed potatoes thrown in about once a week. Yes, mashed potatoes with some bacon bits IS the meal.

Everything is made is bags. No cooking in a pot! No cleaning! With the Mountain House their bag is made for you to pour water into it. Easy Peasy. With the Knorr’s and the mashed potatoes I repack them into freezer bags and you can pour the hot water into those.

I am thinking a normal day will go like this….Get up and go! About an hour on the trail eat Poptarts. Then during the day for snacks or lunch eat my crackers and peanut butter, 2 Snickers, and cookies. Then for supper my bag meal, finishing off with some hot cocoa! When I hit a trail town I will be eating lots of fruit and protein. I know this menu sounds pretty horrid but it is in line with what most thru hikers eat.

My New Normal

On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy. -Spanish Proverb

February was my planned starting point to start carrying my backpack on walks. Today I loaded up and stepped on the scale — a whopping 21 pounds stared back at me. That was with food and water. I think that is my new normal.

The Hubster dropped me off at the trailhead this morning and I did my first walk with loaded pack. I put in 9 miles in about 3 hours. I stopped once to have a sit down and enjoy a Snickers bar.

It was a nice day for a hike – 43 degrees and overcast. Tomorrow I hit the gym and then back walking on Thursday.

When I start the Appalachian Trail EVERYBODY says start slow. No more than 10 miles per day the first week. Let your body get use to it. There is no doubt that the A.T. will be harder than hiking in Kansas 🙂 so i doubt I will average 3 mph – I am hoping for a solid 2 to 2.5 mph. The plan is to average 15 miles a day after the first week – but you know what they say. People plan…God laughs.

Weighing every ounce,