I am hoping see Crazy Horse down there. When he had the Captain America Corvette he was easy to track down. Now his car is nothing flashy.
It’s not that big a bunch that hikes a lot. These people tend to get to events like Trail Days and AYZPCTKO ( PCT kickoff). I will likely spot a few folks that I have not thought about in years but, when I do run into them, I’ll be filled with excitement instantly due to some deep connection we made between each other while out there with The Others. That’s who I belong to- the ragtag bunch of backpackers who do not have upward mobility anywhere even close to their home screens. These noble folks are the masters of forward mobility.
I started hiking north on the AT on my birthday in 2007. One thing I really enjoy right now is reading my original Trailjournal from that long hike. I start reading about today on today, just 7 years later. And over the next few weeks, I wake up and re-read that day’s journal, reliving the past, refreshing my outlook for the coming season. No thru hikes for me this year, but I am excited about my progress in completing Cary Kish’s “1000 miles of hiking in Maine in one year” challenge. I put in six more miles today.