Beginning the next adventure

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imageAs many of you know, I am not able to hike for the remainder of the season. I have a stress fracture in my left foot. I’m disappointed, but I’m a realist. I could probably bind up my foot, take a lot of Vitamin I (Ibuprofen) and force my way to the end, but then I’d probably end up with a much worse injury. The trail will still be there and I need to concern myself with my long term health.

But I am simply not ready to leave the AT yet! Through the help of wonderful friends, I’ve found a place to work that will be near the trail. It is just a temporary position, through mid to late October, but it will allow me to stay close to the AT, meet up with people who I met while hiking, and give me time and a safe place from which to arrange my next steps. Plus, I’ve never been to Maine and I can’t wait to see it.

I will be working at the famed Appalachian Trail Lodge & Café in Millinocket, Maine. It is located near Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the AT. Don’t get me wrong, this won’t be glamorous. I be spending a LOT of time cleaning, doing laundry, making beds and sweeping. But I’ve helped out at several hostels along the way and am pretty sure I can manage. I will be out of this boot on my foot mid-week. The doctors say I can walk normally as long as I wear a supportive shoe, like my hiking shoes, Go figure. I am not allowed to hike, carry a backpack, walk over rocks, or run. But I can still work. Here is a link to the AT Lodge:

http://www.appalachiantraillodge.com/

What I wanted was to hike all of the Appalachian Trail this year, but I did manage to complete 1,405 miles, which isn’t too bad. Less than 10% of those who start EVER complete the trail, so I knew the odds were against me when I started. This is not how I hoped the summer would go, but this is the best “Plan B” I think I could have found. It will also give me time to arrange an English teaching job overseas. If possible, I will get a position that will end in May/June and come back to the trail to finish. That may not be easy to arrange, but I’ve lucked out so far.

Thanks so much to all the people who have offered me a place to stay, a kind word and positive thoughts. So far, everything seems to be falling into place, but I may need your help in the future. It means so much that I don’t walk alone.

 

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Beth

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!

9 thoughts on “Beginning the next adventure”

  1. So sorry you’ve had to quit early but from experience I totally understand. Best wishes and maybe I’ll see you in Maine in a couple of months!

  2. I am so happy you shared this adventure with us and I can’t wait to hear more. Much love, healing and luck to you on this next step.

  3. Every day since starting the hike has been an adventure. You are so fortunate to be able to drink up life! I lift my glass to you!

  4. Congrats on getting to Millinocket! I have eaten at the AT Cafe several times, the most recent being last week. Had the pleasure of picking up 2 thru hikers as they came off Katahdin (I had been in the park with my daughter knocking 3 summits off my New England Hundred Highest list) and gave them a ride to the main gate at Baxter State Park. Ran into them the next morning at the AT Cafe. The AT Cafe has the best Corned Beef Hash in the world! I am sure while you are there you will discover what a special place Baxter State Park is and for many more reasons than just containing Katahdin.

  5. I’ve found that the universe provides exactly what I need exactly when I need it. Your next opportunity will come up when you’re ready for it. Have fun!

  6. I am so impressed at how you are open to following the road as it is laid out to you. You are a strong person with the whole world open to you!

  7. This sounds like a good plan! Maybe they’ll give you a more relaxing job at some point so you can stay off your feet a little more. English teaching overseas? Lovely! Any place in particular? You are definitely living life! An inspiration!

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