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The truth of the trail

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The trail is a physical strain and a mental game.  In the past three weeks more than 7 people I know have left the trail.  The heat is increasing, the miles are getting longer and the people are getting fewer.  Each time someone leaves it makes you question your own intentions.
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The past couple days on trail have been the most difficult for many reasons; the terrain although different is no “easier” despite the chant given by prior thru hikers that “Virginia is flat and easy”, the heat and humidity has been off the charts, and my hiking group has dispersed.  Now all of these have simple solutions, or so it may seem from the outside. 
But trail time is different, as is the perspective of hiking day in and day out as miles pass beneath your soles.  The truth about Virginia is not that it’s any easier but your strength as a hiker has increased.  Hike around the heat and humidity, start early, siesta and hike into the night, but that only works if you don’t have an unfounded fear of the dark.  Find a new group and redesign your “trail family”, and then hike into the night with someone you just met.
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With so many thoughts coursing through my mind I felt it pertinent to share some of the wonders of my trail time.  Every day is not always filled with smiles, I have cried more times than I know, both from physical pain and the mental games of the trail.  Despite those moments I find extreme joy and happiness in the world and people surrounding me.
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And after two fails of uploading pictures I believe you’ll have to enjoy only a glimpse of my journey for today.

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Hypothermia was real...

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Thank you Top of Georgia

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Slack pack day

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Dog on a log!

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Comfort is a necessary.

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Human connection

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Max Patch sunrise.

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Hump Mountain

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Hump Mountain

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What has become a common theme...

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Jones Falls

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McAfee knob

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7 thoughts on “The truth of the trail

  1. Hang in there friend! I’ve been there: expeditions like these are hard. F’ing hard. Embrace the tears and the challenge! The greatest growth experiences of my life were in those moments of just choosing to put one foot in front of the other over and over again. Love to you, you can do this!!!

  2. So proud of you Erin! Your pictures and posts have been awesome! Keep moving forward! God speed!!

  3. You are one amazing woman, Erin! Your joy is contagious!

  4. You’ve got this & we’ve got you – enough said

  5. Keep it up! These pictures are awesome and your dog looks like a real champ 🙂

  6. It was a pleasure meeting you and your hiking companions yesterday at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Hopefully you make it to Luray and were able to get a ride into town. Your dog reminds me a lot of your Katie. Good luck on your journey.

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