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Taking the world on foot is a daunting task. 2190 miles is a long way by any standard of measurement. Averaging 70 miles per hour, without stops, it would take more than thirty hours to drive that far. It’s taken me a week to walk 30 miles. Now, I’m in Blairsville, Georgia waiting on some replacement gear from REI. Their customer service has been amazing thus far, and if you’re in the market for any outdoor gear, they definitely stand behind what they sell.

So far I’ve hiked in snow, rain, sun, and wind. The wind was so strong it sounded like a waterfall hitting the side of the mountain. And how much of the trail have i completed? 1.3%

I’ve crossed over Blood Mountain and couldn’t see a thing. The highest point in Georgia has views that are spectacular (I’ve hiked that stretch of trail several times in the past) and all i saw was clouds and snow. But i am not disheartened. I will have many more opportunities for breathtaking vistas and sweeping landscapes. My journey has only just begun.

The UPS guy has just delivered my gear so it’s time to repack my bag and get ready for continuing my adventure tomorrow!

13 comments on “1.3%

  1. Jake Doran says:

    Good luck with the trail! Quite a challenge, I look forward to updates 🙂

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    1. hikerjohnd says:

      Thank you! I’m starting slow. I’ve got nothing but time!

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      1. Jake Doran says:

        Exactly! There is no need to rush and waste a great opportunity and experience 🙂

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      2. Jake Doran says:

        I’m planning to start getting into hiking with a few short local routes then slowly building it up to longer trips involving camping. Any tips for a beginner?

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      3. hikerjohnd says:

        That is absolutely the best way to begin! My best advice is listen to your body and ease into longer trips. As far as gear, you’ll save a little money buying online, but there’s no substitute for having the right gear. Find an outfitter and get the right gear the first time. Some of my gear was purchased 15 years ago and is still going strong. Yes, I’m buying some replacement pieces, but spending a little more up front for quality gear that fits right and performs well over time has definitely saved me money!

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      4. Jake Doran says:

        Thanks for the good advice! I’m definitely willing to invest into proper shoes to try to avoid problems as much as possible haha

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  2. Adam kenawell says:

    Such beautiful views/ landscapes/vistas you have already shown. Wish I could be there traveling with ya bro! Love and miss ya

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    1. hikerjohnd says:

      It’s been wet the last couple of days. Still beats working!

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  3. adam kenawell says:

    yes, yes it most certainly does! seems like its probably dry for the time being for ya now though right?

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    1. hikerjohnd says:

      Supposed to pass by tomorrow, but for tonight, I’m cozy in a warm dry tent

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  4. Cjg says:

    You know we have and alway will
    Be excited for your hikes. Remember the hours of embroidery from the aunts.
    Your writings have been so meaningful.

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    1. hikerjohnd says:

      I love that piece of art! Thank you all again for it! I think of you every time i look at it!

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