The Big Question…Why?

So many people are asking why?
Why hike that far? Why the Appalachian Trail?
Why endure the rain, the heat, the cold, the pain, the bugs and the hunger that comes with hiking the AT?
I have a couple of different reasons, but they can succinctly be expressed by a Jack Kerouac quote…

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain.”

I feel like this is time for a great adventure. I’m tired of talking and reading about doing something – it is time to do it. So hiking the Appalachian Trail is a gift I am giving myself. To prove to myself that I can do this. It has been it the back of my mind to hike the trail for years. Last October, I started talking about it to my friend Karla and she wanted to do it with me. Unfortunately, she needed to put it off for a couple of years because of kids and work. At first I said “No problem.” Then I did some rethinking – I did not want to wait. I did not want to put it off. This was the year I was hiking the Appalachian Trail!

Being such a great friend (and a little relieved that she does not have to hike 2000 miles) she has become one of my biggest cheerleaders. She has done a ton of research on the AT and probably knows as much about it as I do.  While many in my family are worried, Karla with her knowledge is just supportive. She will also be my back-up (after the Hubster) support person. When Hugh travels to meet up with me, Karla will man the re-supply boxes and ship them to a town on the trail.

I am being selfish and I know it! This is a costly and time consuming endeavor, but life is short and I don’t want to look back and regret not trying.

I am hiking the Appalachian Trail!

5 thoughts on “The Big Question…Why?

  1. I agree with your quote which is basically, go do what you’re compelled to do. Then I would add, otherwise you’re likely to regret it someday.
    I disagree that “I” won’t remember EXACTLY how many times “I’ve” worked at the office AND mowed the lawn! Ha!

    And I’m officially putting in my request to be you’re 3rd backup on anything you may require.
    So let it be written so let it be done! 👊🏼

  2. I wish I could go with you. I’m like you, I’d go by myself if I had the opportunity.
    Awesome lifetime challenge!
    Good for you damnitt!

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