Update on Thru-Hike Status

For those of you getting fed up with all my trail posts and wondering when the heck this all is going to end(!), here is an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish and an update on how it’s going.

I’m attempting to walk 2189 miles (3521 km) on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail which stretches from Georgia to Maine on the East Coast of the United States through the Appalachian Mountains. I like to think of it as walking the length of the United States or from Georgia to Canada 🇨🇦🙌!

And so you can better understand how this is being done – I walked Southbound from Maine to West Virginia last year from August 15 – December 15, 2016; and I have just walked Northbound from Georgia to West Virginia having: started in Georgia on February 26 and ended at Franklin, NC, on March 13; took 5 weeks off for a brother’s wedding festivities in Ireland; and then resumed in Franklin, NC, on April 24, going Northbound to today, July 30, in Harpers Ferry, WV.

This is the point in West Virginia where I left off last year on December 15!

To make things even a little more interesting(!), some of you may remember I skipped 72 miles in New York in November year when I fell and got a concussion. These 72 miles will serve as the culminating miles of the thru hike after I reach West Virginia!

Now if this isn’t rocket science… (I tell you what is rocket science – trying to draw arrows and add text to a map on an IPhone…)



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