There are many different approaches that hikers take in planning their thru-hike. Some will carefully plan their mileage per day on a spreadsheet and prepare dehydrated meals in mail drops. In contrast, other hikers will make no plans at all. There is no “right” way to hike the trail.
Throughout my life, I have always been a planner. But not now- not for this. The trail is freedom. No guilt about sticking to a pre-made hiking schedule. No rush to get to a post office before it closes. The trail is the rare moment in life where we can be completely free, and not be tied to a schedule.
Instead, here are my hiking plans:
Yep. That’s it.
How many miles will I hike everyday?
dunno- until I’m tired
What will I eat?
dunno- whatever looks good at the grocery store in town that week
Where will I be on a certain date?
dunno, somewhere on the AT 🙂
To me, this is the beauty of the trail. I plan to not plan. I have no deadline except October 15, 2013. On that date, Mount Katahdin, the northern terminal of the AT, will close for the winter. I just have to keep hiking north and go with the flow.
Freedom…. I can almost feel it.
“What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”