Spent this rainy day breaking in my hiking shoes in preparation for my section hike on Friday. Wore my brand new Merrell Refuge all day in a solid rain, crossing lawns, climbing stairs, wading through gutters, slogging through mud and carrying heavy loads. I'm a mailman by trade and I have to say, this is the best my feet have ever felt after a long rainy day. My toes were completely dry all day and my heels only got a little wet as the rainwater wicked from my pants to my socks and gradually down
Purchased bus ticket today for $89 to Gainesville, GA to start on 15 March on the approach trail from Amicalola Falls State Park.
I confirmed all my gear is packed and ready. Final weight for my pack including food and water is 31 pounds. I have no idea what each item weighs and nor do i really care. It seems that there are too many gram counters out there obsessed with weight of their gear. I have what i need and want and no more. Here is what i have for gear:
Gregory Z65 pack and cover,
Well the renters are in the house!! By noon today all the touch up work will be done. Given away most of my furniture, sold off 5 vehicle (1truck and a motorcyle left to sell). Meals on wheels will be getting most of my clothes and dishes tomorrow.
I am leaving nothing in Cheyenne but a rented out house and a few friends.
So Georgina is on my mind, like that old sweat song, like moon light through the vine....
After an miniscus tear, my wife's mother passing away. There may still be hope for a thru-hike this spring. Will keep everyone updated.
Looks like we're going to cross Connecticut North to South March 18th thru 21st. With temps expected in the 40's daytime and the 20's (possibly the teens!) at night, it should be a serious test of my gear and my resolve. Still need to get a lightweight tent and some new trail shoes, but otherwise I have most of what I need ( I think ).
Three nights is all I can get out of work right now, but it should be a great way to start my new affair with the AT.
My partner likes the shelters, so
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