Matt HealeyThursday,1 August 2013

The Snap:

I am heading back to Virginia for the final section of this year’s hike. I have decided to accept a job that starts in early September. As a result, I only have August left for the Appalachian Trail.

The Download:

The hike has been a lot of fun. I have met a lot of great people. People like 22 and Push-up, Squirrel, Bear Bait, Pressure D, Juno, Old Ben (At least that is his Twitter name), and many others. The hike has been physically challenging, mentally challenging, logistically challenging, and well let’s just say challenging. The weather has been tough most of the time. We went from excessively cold, to way too much rain, to blazing heat. I have no idea what the next section will bring from a weather perspective. I have learned a lot about myself, the trail and what I want to do going forward.

And now it is coming to an end. I approach with mixed feelings. Part of me really wants to be done and part of me wants to keep going and not take the job. The problem is the job is great and the wise thing to do is to take it. So I will. But I will miss the time I spent on trail. I hope that I can stay in touch with some of the people that I met on trail. It would be good to see them again. I don’t know if trail friendships can survive off trail, but I hope in some cases they can. I will send a few more updates from this last section — Glasgow, Virginia, to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I may continue north of Harpers Ferry if I have time, but this section will end on the 17th of August so I can get to DC and visit a friend before coming back to New York and then up to New Hampshire for the new job.

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