|Butterflies in mi estomago...|
Upon safe arrival to CA, I will hop on an airplane back across the country to Bangor, ME (so much for the carbon neutral adventuring) and make my way up to Baxter State Park to begin a sub-60 day self-supported southbound thru-hike attempt of the Appalachian Trail. Many thanks to madA for posting video updates to sub60.wikispaces.com starting sometime later in June.
In final preparation for this daunting challenge, I set out after work on Wednesday for the appropriately dubbed CRAM (Century to Roan Adventure Marathon), giving me about 130 miles on my feet over the course of 3.5 days to test gear and grub. The weather was perfect and the views from the Blacks and Roans were fantastic. Many thanks to the Hills, Sultan, Action and Tyler for helping facilitate this trek.
I've planned and trained as much as possible for the AT while remaining gainfully employed and happily married. Has it been enough? Time will tell...
|The archetypal view of the backyard from Black-Clawhammer|
|Morning mist near the Pisgah Inn|
|Observing insects observe me during a break|
|madA and Ava|
|Approaching the Craggies|
|RAM 2013 starting lineup|