Alright Already!

12 Jun

Well, we are getting down to the wire. Jen reached a point last week that I had made it to about a week prior…we are done with “training” for the trail. It is not that we no longer like hiking or training, we are just ready to be on the AT. I have reached that mental point where I know we can hike 25+ miles a day very easily, so lets just get to it! Mentally we are ready.

Physically we are ready. We have a spreadsheet, thanks to Jen, that covers our miles, our drops, and our town stops. We have an approximate
calendar linked to this site so that people can estimate when we will be on the trail near them. We will update with exact details as we go. We have our gear. We have each tweaked our packs, bought our shoes, and perfected our hydration systems. We have decided what we can and cannot live without. (Examples: I need soft cotton blend tank tops and shirts even for activity. Jen will most likely carry a 0.5 lb sleep mask because she loves to wear it to bed.) We are simply one Sam’s club trip away from dialing in our drop boxes and our first aid kit. We are fit. We know that there will be a week or two in the beginning where we are getting used to the daily grind, and I am shedding the last of the Germany 20, but we are ready.

The stuff that is left to do is to do on the trail. We will have to figure out a routine. I get through life at a slower pace than Jen. (Please note that neither of us consider this good or bad, it is just where we differ.) Her “pace” for all of her daily activities is simply faster than mine. At the end of the day we have accomplished all of the same important tasks, so the pace comes into play when we want to coordinate times. (We were able to accomplish this with carpooling to work, so I have no doubt that we will figure out a rhythm on the trail.) Some days however I am sure we will not wish to compromise and on those days I predict a slight conflict of interests. One of us will suffer. I will be pushed to eat too quickly, or she will have to wait for me to set up camp and cook dinner. Both of those events have potential to create unhappy campers so I do hope we figure out our rhythm  sooner rather than later. I really do not want to argue my way to Georgia, and I am certain that Jen feels the same.

I think that our life paces result from having different goals. While we are quite close, Jen and I do things for very different reasons. We are at times in search of very different sensations, experiences, and outcomes. It just so happens that the stuff we enjoy doing for these differing experiences and outcomes are the same. So as I type this I envision dinnertime conversations based on what we want for the next day’s pace, mileage, and effort. Maybe if we reach a common daily goals as well as our common end goal we will find peace with the pace.

This is it. This is what is left. I am currently at work trying to eek out all of the possible money to be made before not working for four months. (It is going to be a shoestring budget!) My friend is living large in Mexico while celebrating birthdays and anniversaries with her awesome family. (She has budgeted well!) We will post pics of the final preparation and the adventure to Maine. We hope that you continue to read and follow us on our journey. We also hope to see you on the trail!

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