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  1. Travis McGee, John Muir, and me, still in Cedar Key 14

    On the trip back from Jacksonville last week I, for the most part, followed the same route that John Muir took across the state to reach Cedar Key and the Gulf of Mexico. He followed the path of the war disabled Florida Rail Road from Fernandina Beach on the Atlantic side. The Florida Rail Road was inspired by David Levy Yulee the first Jewish US senator and southern sympathizer who contrived a 125 mile rail road that would connect the east and west coasts of Florida and reduce by 1000 miles what ...

    Updated 02-08-2016 at 18:20 by CedarKeyHiker

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  2. Early Stage Planning

    This is mainly a test post to better understand WhiteBlaze.

    I've been 'planning' for years. Now that I am retired, I'm getting serious and doing more research and buying for my 2017 hike. And I have increased my frequency and duration of exercise. That really seems to have made a difference on how I feel when getting out of bed in the morning. No creaky joints, etc. Soon will be taking test day and overnight hikes with equipment.
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  3. Travis McGee, John Muir, and me, still in Cedar Key 13

    The trip to Jacksonville and REI was fruitful. I was able to add to my gear list and my comfort level with my kit is good. My confidence in my preparation is such that I feel as long as I am moving forward I am making progress. I have two months until I step off and I am certain that I will be prepared physically, as well as, having the right gear, and logistical support to be successful.

    The whole process has been positive. I can see where since deciding in October that I would make ...
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  4. Training

    I've been training everyday trying to get those muscles ready to carry me and all of my gear across the eastern side of of the U.S. from Georgia to Maine. I'm feeling tough and strong, and I can't wait to put myself to the ultimate test.
  5. Free at last!

    For the past eight years, I have worn a military uniform, but come 1 May, I am a free man bound for Washington, DC - and believe me, I'm counting the days. On my back, I will carry the gear that I have researched and acquired over the past calendar year. Within days of my arrival, I will start my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.

    I had planned to begin a traditional thru-hike starting in February or March, but things in the Army never pan out as anticipated - consequently, this delay ...
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