Hey everyone. I have been contemplating how to write this post for three weeks now. Do I shoot a video confession? Do I write an in-depth explanation? Do I just glaze over everything and pretend like I haven’t posted on here in months? I want to be honest, but I don’t want pity. I want everyone to know who has been supporting me on this journey that I’m ok, but that the road has been rough.
So here is the short version. I’ve been gone. I’ve be down in a place I didn’t like. The weather. My body. My mind. They all worked against me in a way like I have never experienced before and I retreated. I couldn’t do more than I was doing just to get by each day. Then the pandemic hit and my job became more intense than it has in the last 20 years. It all weighed on me and when I get to those places, I don’t hide myself, but I bury the realty of the situation away from the outside world until I can figure out how to resolve it. Not the healthiest of plans, I know, but I’ve started to come out of it. Slowly…. Very slowly…. But it is happening.
With all of that I started hiking again a few weeks ago. Building back up my strength. Taking videos and pictures. Documenting the beauty of the word that was bringing peace to my mind. I made progress with my gear and have planned a shake down hike of my pack in a few weeks. 25 miles in two days with an overnight in a State Park. When that’s done, I will start planning my first nights on the actual AT. I refuse to let this journey stop in its tracks because life got hard.
A quote from General George Custer has been pushing me along these weeks. “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up”. It seems so cliché until you keep falling down and don’t want to keep getting up.
So, I’m still here. I’m hiking more than ever. I want to thank all of you who have been asking about me and my journey. Your energy has been amazing. I want to thank those who stepped onto the trail with me and kept me going. You’ve helped more than I can explain.
Watch for content. Its going to be coming. Share your thoughts with me but most of all, get out and take a long walk in the woods. It will be good for your soul.
See you on the trail