My Trek is Over for Now

My Thru Hiking Lesson After 777 Miles on the AT

I’ll be back

Nothing could have ever prepared me for what lie ahead when I embarked to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. My major dehydration/heat exhaustion in Unionville, NY, the dental problems in Monroe, NY and finally the severely sprained wrist in Lincoln, NH.

One never budgets the expenses that go along with such pitfalls mentioned above. It’s expensive when you’re not on the trail! Those motels/hotels and town meals do major damage to the wallet and can send the 3$ a mile budget into a free fall.

After that mean fall coming down Moosilauke and severely spraining my wrist, I made the tough decision to return home to recover. And that ended up costing me almost triple after trusting an irresponsible person that had committed to get me to Logan on time, then failed to follow through.

Be that as it may, I will not be returning to the trail for a while. After reevaluating my funds available and another unexpected expense after arriving home, there just isn’t enough left in savings to hike the remaining 1400+ miles without going totally broke. And the wrist is not healing as fast as I hoped it would either. It’s a very depressing world right now.

Over the last 10 weeks I have learned some lessons the hard way. These were things that I had read about ahead of time, but they just happened to appear differently for me. I think that impulsiveness was my primary enemy as it has always been. It’s okay to say no when others are taking a zero that wouldn’t be a healing experience for me. Having a plan to get in and out of trail towns without an overnight stay would have done wonders for me early on. Because when you’re not on the trail, it’s expensive. I would always tell myself: ‘I need to stay on the trail more’, but didn’t follow my own advice too well. Going that extra 30 miles or so will cover a resupply and a nice meal in town every time.

I had not been very good to my body the first 300 miles of the hike. Hydration and diet are the backbone of a successful thru hike and certain diuretics rob the body of essentials needed to fuel a 15 to 20 mile a day hike. My 55 year old body needs a liter of water every 3 or 4 hours enriched with electrolytes and B vitamins. My consumption of foods to properly fuel my body was also taken for granted early on. I did a lot better job at this over the last 200 miles.

My hike would still be thriving had I adhered to the advice above. And hopefully, it will help someone from putting their hike into the same predicament after reading this. Had I followed what I fundamentally already knew, I could have better absorbed and prevented the expenses that came with those unexpected setbacks that occurred during my hike.

Had I hiked my own hike and listened more closely to my body and better judgement, I would probably be in Maine today. 

So, as the saying goes:, “I’ll be back”. 

Katahdin is calling

 

   As ironic as it is, the AT did not give me a Discount… LOL! And for those that don’t know, Discount is my trail name and I was doing a flip flop thru hike nobo from Harper’s Ferry.

8 thoughts on “My Trek is Over for Now

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  1. OMG!!! BuzzCut here and I did not know you had a blog!!
    Well, I will have to go back and read your previous entries but…I am so glad that we met and had some hiking time together – you are truly fun to be with and learn from. Be proud of what you accomplished – how many people can say they hike ANY of the AT nevermind hundreds of miles? I hope you heal quickly and enjoy whatever adventures you have planned. I also got off the trail after about 380 miles and have felt the post-hiking depression of which you speak ( you may, if you wish, check out my blog) and I have had to stop reading about the experiences/blogs of those still hiking – it made me feel worse.
    Best wishes to you Discount. I’d love to keep in touch (I’m on Facebook and here) if you’d like. Just enjoy what ever it is that you strive to do – life is a journey and you never know what is just around the bend. ~ Fellow ‘section’ AT hiker, BuzzCut

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    1. Hey there, Buzz Cut. It’s been very depressing lately. My wrist is only around 50% so there’s more damage than I initially thought. Hopefully, I can do some hiking soon because it’s driving me mad. Sorry to hear that your injuries took you off of the trail as well. Take care and may sunshine always flood your path.

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  2. Yes you will be back! These experiences are everyday life lessons also! We can’t always get what we want, When WE want…that crazy thing we call life happens! You will be back, until then just embrace the detour! Discount’s lil sister, Coupon

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