Tonight is my going away party (you’re coming, right?) For the next 6+ months, I will be on foot, walking through 14 states from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. I am virtually homeless, a nomad. My life is new. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Concerned friends and family have focused on what I gave up to do this. I sold my house. I gave away furniture, nick nacks, decorative items and a lifetime of kitchen gadgets and dishware. I went without cable TV and put over 200,000 miles on my old car to save money. I sold a profitable side business. I quit a relatively secure job with the state. I’m leaving my friends and the life I’ve know.
Yes, I’ve given up things, but it doesn’t feel like sacrifice if you are making a space for something else that you want so much more. It’s like a snake shedding its skin so it can grow. It’s true that I may never own more than can be carried in a couple suitcases, but I like to believe that things are not what is important. I like to believe that I’m walking toward something.
And I believe so much that I’m betting my life on it, my new life.
Tomorrow a good friend will drive me to the trail and probably hike a couple miles with me. The ten day forecast for Suches, GA (near the start of the trail) looks pretty fair: High temps in the 50’s, lows around freezing. Winds less than 10mph. Rain Monday. That’s about the best I can hope for.
In the meantime, it’s been a busy fun week. Here are a few photos: