It's hard to believe that two months ago yesterday, I summited Mt. Katahdin, completing my hike for once and for all. I've been traveling incessantly for the last month or so with work, and am currently writing this from Cincinnati. I took some time this morning to add some more information to the blog. Many people had expressed an interest in knowing about the financial standings on my hike, expenses incurred, and statistics of my mileages. I broke everything down into Excel spreadsheets, and embedded images into the website so you can see how everything played out. Hopefully this will help people interested in hiking the trail in getting a realistic look at how much the trail cost me, which may provide insight into how much it could cost them as well (hint: things got more expensive the further north I got!) As always, feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any specific questions. firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply use the contact form located in the navigation bar above. The page about finances is located here, and the mileage statistics are located here.
I miss the trail. I miss adventuring and the amazing feeling of being (figuratively) lost in the woods. I've ventured off during my limited time home and have found myself meandering through state forests simply listening to the leaves and the animals scurrying around... how lucky I was to have that be a daily part of my life. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get away into the Whites and spend some time backpacking with my dad or even some other regional thru-hikers when work slows down towards the end of 2014. In the past week I've talked to Pneumo, Santa, Rocket Girl, Legs, Dorothy, and Crusoe. Each are back in their own lives, and emotions in regards to the trail vary across the board. A phenomenal update, many hikers you'll remember from the blog have finished their thrus. Actually, and almost as amazingly, almost every hiker I spent any amount of time with during my hike has successfully completed their thru... Whitey, Gilligan and Ginger, Soleil, JPEG, Handsome Dan, Deep Blue, Wild Turkey and her dog Cormack, and most importantly to me, Crusoe. I haven't heard an update from Keegan or Papa Doc as to their faring with the trail - if either of you two are still reading this blog, please get in touch with me! Finn is currently trucking away at his Yo-Yo hike, having summited Katahdin in August and immediately turning around with the intention to hike back to Georgia; last I heard he's back in New York. Despite long hours of work and lack of woods to disappear into, I've been doing my best to get to the gym every other day, spending an hour on an elliptical or a spin bike in hopes of keeping my leg muscles from disappearing. I still have some frequent knee pain, but they often feel better the day after physical activity. The circular motion of both aforementioned machines works my knees without the downward impact of running or walking. Walking up stairs I appear to be in the physical condition of a 90 year old arthritic man. Hopefully time will make this a bit better.
Fall marches on. The Red Sox unsurprisingly are going nowhere in the post season, though with my friend Dave from work and I've managed to attend an Astros game while in Houston, Sox game in Boston, and a Reds game in Cincinnati within the last 3 weeks. The Jeep club is in full swing with our annual fall events, and I've spent an enjoyable amount of time back behind the lens of my cameras photographing the world around me, and I hope to get out and shoot the foliage of New England before it disappears for another year. I hope you're all doing well. Amazingly, there are still over 6,000 of you that visit this blog every week from nearly two dozen countries around the world. I can only hope that reading this tale inspires you to go out and adventure on your own. Please feel free to keep dropping me notes of your own hikes and life events, it makes my day every time someone writes in. I'm sure I'll post on here again in the near future. Until then...
Onwards & upwards,