Drumroll please! Or not. It’s not that big of a deal. Except for to me and B. I just thought I would share what we have officially decided for our adventure next October! Seeing as how it will take a lot of preparation and a LOT of excitement coming from me every other day (so it’ll be talked about a ton here…)
We are going to take 10-12 days from work and home, and hike the sections of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park. One of my dreams is to section or thru-hike any of the scenic walking trails in the US; but namely the AT or the PCT.
A few posts back after talking about vacation in the Smokys I began to feel restless in my every day. I crave having something to look forward to. I absolutely live for planning the next destination. I dream of walking in the woods and have nightmares of not bringing my pack and leaving the food supply at home.
I posted wanting to hike the AT and a few days later, I decided that was exactly what I was going to do. We don’t have the means at the moment to spend months on it, but I will gladly sacrifice 10 days to get 100 miles in. I cannot wait.
We haven’t chosen dates yet, but it will be in early to mid-October. We will drive from home to Waynesboro, VA and take a shuttle to the North Entrance in Front Royal, VA. We will begin at Dickey Ridge and head SOBO to Compton Gap, and hike to the South Entrance at Rockfish Gap. It’s going to be hard and awful and amazing and it will be the longest trip yet. 107 miles to be exact. 91 on the AT. We will camp and spend a night or two in some of the lodges along the way. We will resupply so we don’t have to carry 10 days worth of food for 2 people. We will rough it and probably bicker and be exhausted but all of it will be so worth every second.
We plan to be well prepared and make lots of weekend trips in the next year to get it down to a science.
This is going to be an absolute adventure and I am going to get the inevitable taste of the trail I know I will want to see more of.
ANY advice is welcome. Please share tips and things learned from your experience!