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July 2017

1400 Miles


These dirty sweaty trail babies just crossed the 1400 mile mark in Bear Mountain State Park. We also keep hitting the most touristy spots on the trail on Beautiful Saturdays. #nailedit 

Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania was rough for me. This is where the metal aspect of the trail was really challenged. People always talk about the ends GA/NC/TN and VT/NH/ME, the Virginia Blues, and Rocksylvania and barely mention the other states. Rocks are my real weak point out here. I can do ups and downs push through the every other day of rain. But rocks. Ohh, boy. I don’t have depth perception, in the last year I have really become a shuffle walker, and I don’t have the worlds best balance. I enjoyed the ripe raspberries and… this wasn’t a fun state. I would honestly tell someone if they aren’t going for a pure thru hike skip it. There are hardly any views. My mom requested pictures of the views to be posted on my Instagram and I didn’t really have anything to offer her. There was occasionally an opening looking over some farm lbs or industrial waste sight. 

I had a panic attack on “Knife’s Edge”. A complete breakdown that I had to hike 12 miles after to get into the nearest town and take an unplanned day off to recover. I tried in one of the many unnecessary sharp spear like field of rocks and cracked my head and gonna have year another badass scar.

I guess this is the point of the trail right? To be pushed to find your edge and give yourself slack when you need it. I think so much of the trail is mental and I was pushed to my edge and still made it through. Bye PA. I won’t miss ya. NJ let’s see whatcha got. 

Crossing the border-hike on the turnpike
Post fall. Using my phone to check the damage.
Mid panic attack
Typical PA hiking.
Rare view
Hikers waiting out the rain
The one good thing about this chunk. Wild Raspberries
Why? Why a field of rocks?

Good Lord.

In an epic down pour on some poorly marked rocks o got turned around and walked 2 miles the wrong way. I didn’t even know until some hikers asked me why I was Southbounding. I even argued that I wasn’t…. but I was. I’m almost out of food so I must trudge on for a resupply. I don’t want to brag about my inherent orienteering skills. 

Half Gallon Challenge 

Keep Going

Leo and I are over half way done with the trail. I was lucky enough to get to go on a vacation to New York City and Washington DC with my family. When I came back to the trail my mom helped me “slackpack,” hiking without your gear, for 5 days. It was a blast! I ate well. Did huge miles. Got to hang with my mom- even though she beat me at Boggle- it was fun. Leo and I are in it for the long haul. Still chipping away with our 15 mile days. Making a point to stop and enjoy ourselves. Second half of this adventure, let’s do it!

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