Because from here on out, I get to work on my Bucket List because I've got the Monkey off my back!


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Monday, August 27, 2007

Hike The Appalachian Trail: 1

7_2_211OK, this is what I'm doing when I retire. I figure it might take two years, 3-5 months each year.

  • 2100 miles,
  • only doable in certain months because of weather, altitude, and varmints. 
  • Only 1 in 4 complete the trip.  1 in 4 drop out in the first 50 miles. 
  • Best to do in segments.  I figure two because I would be unemployed with the time. 

My 'roomie' bailed on the ideal when I explained that there wouldn't be a McDonalds every 20 minutes, he didn't believe that until I pointed out that a McDs every 20 minutes on the highway equates to 20 miles and 20 miles on foot over flat terrain equates to 6 hours at a very fast pace.
Then he realized that every night wouldn't be in a hotel, so now he thinks its stupid.


 The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. Our mission is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple campfirerecreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor.
Formerly known as the Appalachian Trail Conference, the ATC is an 80-year-old organization whose roots are traced to the vision of Benton MacKaye, who convened and organized the first Appalachian Trail "conference" - a gathering of hikers, foresters and public officials - in Washington, D.C., in 1925. Today, we work with the National Park Service Appalachian Trail Park Office, 30 maintaining clubs and multiple other partners to engage the public in conserving this essential American resource.

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