Something just shot a big hole in my AT plans. My immediate question is I just ordered a full set of maps and guide books. I could just not accept the UPS delivery, they would be sent back, no additional fee. and I ask for a refund. What should I do with the maps and books?
A 2011 hike is seriously possible, a section hike this year is not. I got $100 off the reg price of a REI down bag so I"ll probably keep it. I can do some weekend hikes here in Missouri so I'll probably get some other equipment that I don't have yet.
P.S. to paraphrase what many have said about many different things.
Don't fight the hike let it happen.