congratulations LION KING.
lion king did you go through the iowa section? If you did it would be on alot of bike trails.
A georgia bulldog congratulates you
E-Z---"from sea to shining sea''
"For me, it is better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
What did I skip?
Now, for your information, some of the routes I found, due to whatever conditions, including weather, road walks etc...I talked to locals, including Rangers, park service, trail volunteers, etc. and now some of the 'blue blazes' which dont exist on this incomplete trail, are now in use as routes for furture hikers of the ADT.
I found bike paths that run the same routes as some of the road walks, found trails where there were road walks and I walked them.
These routes, along with the change in ST Louis have a lot to do with my walk and work.
Know your facts before you call people out.
Hey LK, don't getcha mane all bunched up.
You need not explain to most here.
E-Z---"from sea to shining sea''
LK is my hero! WTG
Everyone's first question:
"Wow - How tall are you?"
Answer: "I'm 6'6""
Ergo, my trail name: 'Six-Six'
Just today I was browsing Walking With Spring and it's striking how Earl Shaffer went through a similar experience when he thruhiked the AT in '48. Although the Trail was theoretically complete, there were large swaths of missing trail so he did his best to follow the corridor. Much of where he traversed became subsequently relocated.
Glad you made it! I enjoyed the videos as well. Great life experiences for sure that no one can take away Get some rest (after the party of course lol).
One day I did a short 5 mile walk through the woods after working in my yard and part of the trail was flooded up to my knees and other parts were gone (washed off a cliff) but I just went through the briars and sticker bushes to get around and re-find the trail later (took longer but I did it) .... or did I? .... lol
As soon as "Diff Sox" has 10% of Lion King's miles, he or she can carry LK's "Dirty Sox".
When she or he eventually has 20% of LK's miles, he she will know enough not to go blowing BS on the internets. Especially about something that is so far out in the future.
Hike WHATEVER AND HOWEVER AND WHERE EVER.
Blah blah blah.
It is just walking, nothing special.
It has all been done before.
Unless it is for some special cause. No, wait....hang on....that has been done before as well.
Enjoy your hike, don't keep us posted.
What? Me worry??
As for LK's claim to doing what he believes to be the actual trail: I was lead to believe that after several others had already attempted the ADT and some that indeed had done it before LK, that the trail was defined and on the ground, with of course the exception to a few places.
I recall an example in one of LK's entries that he deliberately went off the official route and went out of his way to have a different experince of something that was not directly along the trail. Example of this would be to visit Brasstown Bald north of the AT, while doing the AT, then connect up with the AT further north. This would be considered a large blue blazing, similar to what LK has said he has done in his own journal entries.
I'm just saying, if he knowingly skipped official sections of trail to go his own way that HE thought was a better, wiser choice, AND did it alittle too often, would it still be considered a thru hike of the ADT?
If an AT hiker hiked the trail this way, would he be able to accurately call himself a thru-hiker? Does this kind of thing happen? Yes indeed! When i thru hiked the AT in 1992, there was one hiker whom earned the name "Indigo" for he did as much blue blazing as he could. Having hiked the length of the AT Mtns from GA to ME as little as possible on the AT itself, would the hiking community still acknowledge him as a thru hiker of the AT?
You did the miles! Congratulations Lion King!
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