The Appalachian Trail
I am getting ready to hike the Appalachian Trail. I will only be hiking the Maryland part. It is 41 miles. I will hike with Road Scholar and we will do 10 miles a day. Nothing too strenuous, but I believe Road Scholar people are usually older. I haven’t ever been on a Road Scholar trip so I will let you know in my next blog. It is a quick trip. I fly to Maryland on Monday and fly home the following Saturday. I’m doing this hike during Spring Break.
I’ve been reading books about the AT (Appalachian Trail). Since I am older, I have been reading about older people who hiked the trail. One book was about Grandma Gatewood who hiked it in 1955 at the age of 67. She hiked the whole thing by herself. The AT starts in Maine and ends in Georgia. The trail is 2,190. People who do the whole trail at once are called thru-hikers. It takes five to seven months to hike the entire trail. Others, who do it in sections, are called section hikers.
I read another book about a 60-year-old woman who did it in sections but within a year. Both women carried a pack and slept alone in the wilderness. I couldn’t do that, I would be afraid some crazy person would creep up on me in the middle of the night. I will be staying in a lodge with my own room and bath. Everyday we will be driven to the trailhead. If I like the hike, I may do the entire trail but in sections. I would probably do the Maine part next. It sounds very nice but I will not be sleeping alone on the trail!
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