Day 133

I woke up today and just wanted to lay there. My mood was pretty foul today. But I had some breakfast and put on my gear even though I did not want to on a surfical level. Rain was in the forecast and it was raining in the morning already.

I went to the grocery store and packed up a new supply of trail food and I started hiking on the AT. I put my headphones on and listened to some music while hiking, something I have done maybe four other times. I prefer nature usually. My deep seated drive got me going today.

I chalk up my mood to lack of calories and lots of exertion and how it all interacts with the body as a whole. I still love being out here and will keep going. This stage is like being at mile 20 in a marathon or like 2 a.m. in a 24 hour run. It is weird. it is the hardest spot to be in a race, but the spot I most truly love for some reason. This is where a strong mental game comes into play and knowing how to navigate mentally. Long distance running experiences are totally helping me on the trail. Still a long way to go.

Early into the hike ran into a guy just starting out for a week long hike going the wrong way. Got him turned around and going in the right direction. He had no trail name, but a person I was hiking with named him U Turn and now he has a name. He is from Boston. Nice guy. We taught the guy how to navigate the trail and he likes his name.

As I hiked I thought about my goals, my supporters and reasons for being out here and what I want and need. I got into a good space. Life out here is about adapting and meeting any challenge that comes up. The trail is physical for sure, but even more mental. As I hiked more, I started to enjoy the day a lot, the hike and amazing beauty around me and was glad for everything I experienced today in my head and on trail.

I ran into two different trail magics. One was a cooler of beer. The second was a guy from Maine giving out beer, fresh fruit. snacks and dehydrated meals. I had some fruit and beverages. It was so nice of the trail angels.

There was a lot of going up today and some nice views. I hiked about 17 miles to get to the Trapper John Shelter area, where I pitched my tent. Had dinner with other hikers and ran into friends from a week back. Fun to eat and chat before bed. The skies started to clear a little before dinner.

I am a firm believer that the trail gives you what you need, when you need it. It always does. It is remarkable.

8 thoughts on “Day 133

  1. Glad to hear you got your mood turned around, just made me think how terrible mine would be.

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  2. U Turn… love it!
    I liked your comment above, J. It says it all!
    “As I hiked I thought about my goals, my supporters and reasons for being out here and what I want and need. I got into a good space. Life out here is about adapting and meeting any challenge that comes up. The trail is physical for sure, but even more mental. As I hiked more, I started to enjoy the day a lot, the hike and amazing beauty around me and was glad for everything I experienced today in my head and on trail.”
    You’re on top of your game, man. Enjoy the ride… work that it is. Be careful in the mountains ahead. Stay strong, and it won’t be long until Katahdin appears on the horizon. You’re almost there!

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    1. Thanks man. Looking forward to what is ahead.

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  3. If it was easy, anyone would and could do it. It would not be memorable or a life accomplishment if it was easy 🙂 I know this doesn’t help much now but when you look back it sure will. No regrets. I’m glad you’re still going! I love the swamp photos. I would want to stay there for a long time drawing pictures and enjoying the view, but I’m sure the bugs get bad. I hope the mountains are forgiving though. I recall my hiking trips in the Adirondacks, it was amazing the views but the work was hard. Of course, you’re in grate shape and look great. Fun to see you in pictures. Thanks for keeping on…

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    1. I am living it. The physical and mental challenges are enjoyable to work through. I love the swamp areas too and all the animal sounds. The swamp monster has always been nice to me, likely would be to you also, but no promises.

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  4. Wow, the trail really does provide, doesn’t it? I just love your attitude about this. So honest yet positive. Like Lisa said, I think this whole experience will become even more impactful as you look back on it.

    Were your ears ringing yesterday? Lisa, Ryan, Toso and I had East Side Thai and were talking about how much we miss you. Keep on keeping on! We’ll always save a seat for you at the table! 🙂

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    1. awwwww…being missed and always having a seat with friends means so much. Such sentiments can turn a big bear into a softie…we all want to have a place we belong and I am grateful I have a place.

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