Current State: ME
Days Survived: 173
Mile Marker: 2185.9
Total Miles: 1945.3
Bears Wrestled: 9
Moose Ridden: 2
Showers Taken: 58
Blisters Earned: 3
Weight Lost: 60.0
Last Update: 09/24/13
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It is, by far, the best diet ever. Nothing sheds the pounds like burning 5,000+ calories a day. Generally on the trail you just can’t supply yourself with that many calories a day in trail food (that is unless you get to a town and can pig out in restaurants). You get to the point where everyday you’re pretty much faced with a calorie deficit where you just simply burn more off each day than you can put on in food. For me I started the trail at 225lbs and weighed in at 165 by the time I descended Katahdin. Sadly, since I’ve been off the trail I’ve regained a bit of that weight, but I still weigh less than when I started. That is to be expected, though. Back in the non-trail life there isn’t really an effective way to keep up that same level of activity and diet, but overall the trail has guided me towards a more healthy lifestyle.
Boop! Final video is up (seeing as I already made one for Maine weeks ago)! Apparently I managed to spend half of a day up on Mount Washington getting lots of photos, but without actually getting any video up there….frustrated that that happened. In any case the Whites are still gorgeous!
Another video down! Only one more to go after this! Enjoy some clips from our time from around Pawling, NY to Norwich, VT!
New video up! Often when I think about the trail I tend to remember this section as being one of the most miserable thanks to Rocksylvania, an exorbitance of mosquitoes, and a unwelcomed heat wave.
Though, funnily enough it seems that this section actually gave me some of my fondest memories from the trail.
Some of you more observant readers may have noticed that our mileage ticker over on the side bar states we haven’t actually hiked all 2185.9 miles of the AT. If you’ll recall back in May we had to take almost 4 weeks of time away from the trail due some serious family emergencies, of which I won’t go into detail. A wedding back in Virginia forced us into a deadline for reaching Katahdin by the weekend of September 20. The wedding was scheduled at a time to where it would be nearly impossible for us to travel from Maine down to Virginia and then back to Maine before Katahdin would close for the winter season. Not to mention it would have also been a very expensive logistical nightmare. Had we not needed to take those 4 weeks off trail this timing would have been nothing to worry about. Obviously things didn’t work out the way we’d planned.
I’m finally in CA and finally starting to settle…sort of. In any case I had time to throw together a new video of our trip through VA!
It’s been about a month and a half since Fun-Size and I descended Katahdin officially completing our thru-hike of the AT. Since returning home we’ve gone about the business of assimilating to post-trail life. As you can imagine there have been a lot of things to catch up on. I’d forgotten how many different chores society makes us juggle to just survive in this world. I’m talking cars, phones, finances, bills, jobs, and the like, not to mention all of the road trips to reconnect with friends and family. Not only have these chores taken a pretty large chunk of our time they’ve also taken a nice chunk of our cash. Already I’ve had to spend more money in one month than I did for 3/4’s of my time on the trail. You just think about that for a few minutes. It’s a cringe-worthy reality.
New video! Check out this section of the trail between Standing Bear Farm and Roan Mountain. This still remains one of my favorite sections of the entire trail. Beautiful landscapes and more good memories than I can count!