The adventure starts tomorrow!

I saw this in the mall.

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:

Cakes & Ale, 2
These are risotto bites, spiced with fennel, pollen and encasing cheese. Best thing I had a Cakes & Ale, downtown Decatur. This was my most expensive meal in months, but it was worth it.
Cakes & Ale, 3
Cakes & Ale. I always sit in front of the mixologist. It’s like a free show!
Downtown Decatur, 1
It’s not just in Sochi. I took this photo at a Decatur park. Really.
Downtown Decatur, 4
You might see anything in downtown Decatur.
Downtown Decatur, 8
As my friend Michael said: Beth gets the bird!
Downtown Decatur, 12
I helped Kathy and her husband Larry celebrate her birthday at Sapori di Napoli.
Downtown Decatur, 13
Cannoli for dessert for me…..
Downtown Decatur, 15
…and this amazing lemoncello cake for the birthday girl.
Sometimes I do my walking indoors, like the Fernbank exhibit.
skeleton of an early proto-whale.
kids can play in the replica of a blue whale heart!
I just take the photos. I can’t always explain them.
I buy a lottery ticket about once a year. I was feeling lucky and bought a scratch off. I won $15! And I quit while I was ahead.
My birthday was this week and friends took me out to help me celebrate. This birthday candelabra is on lemon raspberry cream cheesecake!
This photo does not show how handsome my lunch partners were. Thanks for lunch, guys!



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I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

3 thoughts on “The adventure starts tomorrow!”

  1. Hell with those that don’t get it. I’ll be living vicariously through your posts. POST ON
    but, please don’t push your body too far…. I’d be the one with the knee that gave up on me!

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