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  1. Very scared right now [PRE HIKE]

    Alright, now I am getting really freaking nervous. Tomorrow is Christmas and another point closer to my start date of the thru hike. It puts me 72 days away from me leaving hear to head to Georgia. I am getting scared beyond control. I have been even having second thoughts about it but I am sure that is natural. I am very comfortable in life and have a good paying job and I am quitting my job and walking about from all the creature comforts I love and appreciate. I am doing this to go live out of ...
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  2. Update on what I have been up to [PRE HIKE]

    I just wanted to add and update real quickly about what I have been up to and why I have not made any journal entries.

    I have been very busy over the last two months. I took one side of my two bay garage and enclosed it and turned it into an office space and move all my WhiteBlaze equipment and computers into it. This took about three weeks to get done. I have also been working on yard work. This need to get done before the snow came. I got most of it done with the exception of raking ...
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  3. Shakedown hike [PRE HIKE]

    My trip to EMS was successful in a way. I picked up a new backpack and a spare pair of boots and a few other things for my thru hike. I ended up spending more then I wanted though. I spent well over $400. The good thing about this trip is that I have everything I need for my thru hike now. There cannot possibly be anything else I need to get for this hike.

    The real test now will be on the week long hike I have scheduled for this Monday in Maine on the Appalachian Trail. The temps have ...
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  4. Heading to EMS to do some shopping [PRE HIKE]

    I am going to head out to Eastern Mountain Sports this morning and look at backpacks. I love the backpack I have not but it is just not large enough to hold the cold weather gear that I will be starting with. I should rephrase that a little. I can fit all my cold weather gear in my current backpack but it is a very tight fit. I do want to have to struggle every morning in the cold to try and squeeze everything in the pack. I am going to try to find a bigger pack that I like that will fit everything ...
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  5. On the Appalachian Trail I go [PRE HIKE]

    Clarity and inspiration,
    Happiness is a destination thatís hard to find.
    It may take some time.
    In my mind there's something more and I will open up a brand new door,
    And find the strength to close the ones I left behind.
    Iíll get there leaning on some friends I know.
    On the Appalachian Trail I will go.
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