The view from our room is amazing. This picture doesn’t do it justice. Over three years ago I quietly and privately downloaded a day counter app on my iPhone. It started my countdown for my hike. Tomorrow is the day I’ve been waiting for.  As we drove the road to the lodge we are staying in… Continue reading Tomorrow 

Getting Closer 

I’m sitting in a motel room in Murfreesboro,Tennessee  one day closer to starting my AT hike. I’m driving with a Fellow Hy-Vee retiree and his wife. Keith and Netta Van Gent are friendly, generous Dutch people from Pella Iowa.  Keith and I are starting together at Springer Mountain and will stay together as long as… Continue reading Getting Closer 

Bad News

The good news is I’m as excited as I’ve ever been. The bad news, my pack is to heavy. I can’t decide what to cut. Instead of cutting weight I added a pound. Now 47.4. I’m sure I have too much. I have been a student of long distance hiking for about three years and… Continue reading Bad News