AT Update: Number Eight – There Is No Pain, You Are Receding

Leaving Vermont was the first time I didn’t feel like I was checking something off a list. Make no mistake, I’m excited for New Hampshire, but I had a great time in Vermont. The Green Mountains are heavily wooded, no surprise there, so there wasn’t much to see for most of it, but the views…

AT Update: 7 – Berkshire Blitz

I went almost a hundred miles in less than a week. For a while there I was afraid that I wouldn’t speed up in time to avoid hitting winter in the South. Granted, I’ll hit winter anyway, since there’s no way I can maintain that pace through serious mountains, but! at least I know I…

AT Update: Six – New York, New Gear, New England

I think whale sharks are really cool. They’re the largest fish species, the largest one recorded weighing over 20 tons (Wikipedia, woo!). Like other extremely large animals, it grazes rather than hunts. There is simply no prey that would be worth the energy for something so large to chase down. In the ocean, grazing often…

AT Update: 5 – Boardwalking, but not Bored Walking

New Jersey was nice. Granted, after Pennsylvania, all the state had to do was not stab me in the feet every couple of steps. The morning after my last post started out cold and rainy, so I ended up waiting until later in the afternoon to head out. It’s one thing when you’re already out,…

AT Update: The Fourth – Escape from the Path of 10,000 Daggers

“I can’t wait to get to New Jersey,” Wonderland said as she handed me a pound or so of snacks. She paused. “I’m from New York. I don’t think I’ve ever said that before.” “Whoever made this path must have been half goat.” I was resting at the top of an especially arduous and unnecessary…

AT Update: Three – The Invisible Woods of Pennsylvania

Remember how I had been taking things slowly? Giving myself time to get stronger? It was a good plan, but there’s only so much to be done when some clown decides that stopping points need to be a full eighteen miles apart for some reason. One such day, shortly after my last post, involved crossing…

AT Update: Numbah Two – The Breaking of the Fellowship

I’ve been flying (I wish) solo for a few days now. Over the weekend, for the first time in his life, Dan stopped doing a thing before it hurt him. During our approach to Harper’s Ferry, he had planar fasciitis flare up in both feet. We knew starting out that his feet might cause him…

AT Update: The First – Praise The Sun!

My world is pain, and everything is great. I’m writing this from my uncle’s house in Frederick, MD, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten myself drunk on spaghetti. It’s been an eventful few days. We started walking north on Monday, June 1st, at Ashby Gap outside of Paris, VA. It was a warm, slightly muggy…

Pre Trail FAQs

Check it out, I have a blog! There are many like it but this one is mine. This not only the first entry, it’s also my first post made entirely by phone. I’ve decided to put together a quick little FAQ (and answer) page by way of a test. Hello, my name is Anthony, and…