Guest Post: AT 2017, maybe

Thanks to Brian at Hike by Faith for publishing this little essay about an aging hiker/author/husband/dad/dreamer and the road to the wilderness. Does the AT Guide have chopper landing pads listed?

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Guest post by Mike Fuller; author

“I’ll give you a pack of stuff that will keep you alive until the chopper can get you out.”

I started to say, “Thank you.” But the words got stuck on the way up. My cardiologist is such a sweetheart. He wished me luck and set a follow up appointment for six months.

“You should be OK, I mean, if you keep hydrated and don’t push it too hard.”

He smiled. Nice guy but does he understand that humping forty pounds of pack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, clothes, food, water and all the sweat your shirt can absorb up a rocky hillside might just qualify as “pushing”? Maybe not.

At least he wasn’t as direct as my brother-in-law. “Are you crazy? You’re going to walk from Georgia to Maine. On foot?”

I’m sure he wasn’t just concerned for my health. Likely the prospect of…

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6 thoughts on “Guest Post: AT 2017, maybe

  1. I loved this post. 🙂

    “So many different folks in all sorts of situations. Friends found and made for a lifetime. Fleeting moments where only an impression and maybe a trail name is all that passes between. Trail angels lending a helping hand and hosts that take you in and care for your body and soul. As a writer, this is like an all you can eat spread for the mind.”

    Best wishes for your 2017 hike. I’m looking forward to following and/or reading about it when you finish!

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  2. I loved this post. 🙂

    “So many different folks in all sorts of situations. Friends found and made for a lifetime. Fleeting moments where only an impression and maybe a trail name is all that passes between. Trail angels lending a helping hand and hosts that take you in and care for your body and soul. As a writer, this is like an all you can eat spread for the mind.”

    Best wishes for your 2017 hike. I’m looking forward to following and/or reading about it when you finish!

    Liked by 1 person

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