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!