For those that have thru-hiked, what was the worst river crossing that you faced on the trail? Is this something that should concern me?
I am reading "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" now. J.R. Tate describes one of his river crossings where he got dragged underneath the water with his pack. He said that signs suggested taking the blue-blazed trail to avoid the river during heavy rains. He elected to cross the river rather than fight a long overgrown blue blaze trail.
In another section of the book, he talks about getting attacked by two loose dogs.
He also references several times when shelters were full and he had to walk MILES to find a suitable tenting spot.
Maybe the book provides a jolt of reality---(overgrown trails, dangerous river crossings, loose dogs, days without seeing other thru-hikers), but I must honestly say that it is giving me doubts about whether a thru-hike is something that I really want to do.