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    Default Leaving for Springer in a few days... please tell me I'm not crazy...

    So setting out on the 27th (next Monday) and I'm really starting to feel nervous. Is this the same for everyone else? It's going to get very real very fast when my wife drives off and I'm alone with my puppers on the trail. I almost want to cry thinking about it sometimes, I can't believe this is actually happening. Please tell me I'm not the only one feeling this...
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    Man can only find oneself while alone on the Appalachian Trail. There his mind if free to explore his thoughts, the Universe and eventually find his true self. -Ernest Hemingway

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    Nope your not the only one. Just don't back down, or get back in the car. Whatever you do, you have to at least try. I made that mistake. I got back in that car. (section hike) And, I regret it.

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    No, you aren't alone. Read other's posts. This comes up often, and certainly every year about this time. Read other's trail journals before they leave - it's there.

    Its a a big deal: expensive, time commitment, separation from family/friends, challenging mentally & physically. Most do not make it.

    So anyway, good luck, keep a trail journal, and enjoy the hike. If you make it to K, great. If not, don't beat yourself up. You tried, and many never even do that!

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    I am the same way, I want to leave middle of April. I still can't find anyone to hike with me or atleast just start with me. You can do it or at least be my motivation to start this journey!


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    I hope you do a trail journal so we can keep up with you and the puppers.

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    It will b a great adventure full of highs and lows. Have a great time.

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    You're not crazy, this is normal pre-hike jitters. You have "Fletcheritis" -- find Colin Fletcher's The Complete Walker for the cure.

    Don't quit on a bad day. You'll have plenty of bad days, this is a long undertaking and it's going to rain on you constantly, it'll get hot and buggy, you'll be tired, your knees will hurt, and getting back home will sometimes seem like the only option. It's far too easy to get into town and not be able to leave. Resist! Get back on the trail. The sun will come out, the cool breezes will comfort you, the view from the top of the first climb will amaze you, and your trail friends will support you. Your legs and knees will get stronger, your lungs will stop screaming at every climb, and you will stop dreaming of pizza and beer every night. (Okay, I am lying about that last one.)

    You will walk with spring. Now go start walking.
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    And here, I want to quit my job and go for a long walk. But, child support keeps me chained to a job I tolerate. Be thankful you have the time and oppurtunity to go on an adventure.

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    Yeah, for most folks it's a big deal. It's a weird thing to do, and deep inside, you know it. There's no denying it. You can't rationalize it, because it's not rational. You must cherish the weirdness of it or you're screwed. The vast majority of humans nowadays hardly ever do anything like this.

    It's just walking
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    until you either finish or leave the trail, for whatever reason.

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    Are you going to blog your hike? Please do!

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    "Don't quit on a bad day."

    I hear this a lot but it's always struck me as trite. Who the heck would quit on a good day?


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    Hahaha... you're totally crazy. But it's a **GOOD** type of crazy. And yeah, it's overwhelming and a bit scary, but once you're out there you'll fall right into it and it won't be overwhelming and scary any more. Anticipation is where it hits you, but once you're on the trail you'll be good.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafe View Post
    "Don't quit on a bad day."

    I hear this a lot but it's always struck me as trite. Who the heck would quit on a good day?

    I have a couple of answers, but they wouldn't go over well in this forum (I can be just a LITTTTLE bit sarcastic at times )

    The short answer: good days and bad days mean different things to different people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rafe View Post
    "Don't quit on a bad day."

    I hear this a lot but it's always struck me as trite. Who the heck would quit on a good day?


    To me, it means that if you're having a good day on the trail and you STILL want to go home, then go home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafe View Post
    "Don't quit on a bad day."

    I hear this a lot but it's always struck me as trite. Who the heck would quit on a good day?

    I think it's just the idea that after a bad day or low morale period you shouldn't make a rash decision.
    But if weeks on end are "bad weeks", then what's the point in being there.

    So, don't quit the day it's 15f, you fall in the creek, get blisters because you have wet feet all day, the bears eat your food, you slip in the mud 17 times, and someone steals your hiking poles from the shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafe View Post
    "Don't quit on a bad day."

    I hear this a lot but it's always struck me as trite. Who the heck would quit on a good day?

    People with enough foresight to postpone a big decision until until their head is in a healthy enough place to put things into perspective. Duh. ;-)

    Almost all of the highest highlight moments in my life came as I managed to pull through and succeed in something that I was on the verge of quitting because I didn't think I could make it or I didn't think it was worth the misery. If I'd have quit at any of those down moments, all those highlights of my life would not be there.
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

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    It's just walking.

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    I assure you ...5 min after leaving trailhead, nervousness will be gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafe View Post
    It's just walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking
    And walking...
    If this were true, almost anyone could do it. It's a lot more than just walking.

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    Nope. Not crazy just ready to bust through the fence! I'll start on the 31st. I'll be on your six. I'm nervous too, but it's just performance anxiety me thinks 😃

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