Smith Property Loop
I live in southern Ontario, in fact not too far from the Niagara Escarpment so I do have hills that are a short drive away, but in truth most of my near by trails are like this. They are by definition of anyone who walks the AT - flat.
Since I am still working on injury recovery I will be fine with flat for while but I learned last time I need more inclines in my training be it for breaking in boots (before they break me) or just making it easier to make it up the hills that are in my future,
As I am back to local trails I have also hit the local library to see in the last year they had improved their hiking collection. The answer is 'no'. I have a rather good library of hiking journals and books at the moment ( a few which I have lent out to others). What are your favourite hiking books?
Four weeks ago my trail through the mists lead me here.
For those of you who aren't scadians that is the 'castle' at Pennsic. Pennsic is a gathering of 10,000 + folk some of who put on armour and fight on this battlefield, others attend classes and almost everyone parties and shops. It is somewhat like a rennfair where everyone is part of the background story and no one is just a visitor for the day, One of my passions (along with hiking) is volunteering to help create this magic for other people.
Now,how does this relate to the one year buzzer warning going off? Well, my promised attendance to work on setting the ground work for this temporary city we build is part of deciding the timeline for when I head south.
So one year from today I will either be heading south to get on the Appalachian Trail at Harper's Ferry and head south or I will be on the trail taking my first steps into the glorious state of Virginia.
Mentally and physically I am not where I want to be in a year. BUT time wise I have a year to change that. The injuries that took me off the trail south of Stratton last fall lasted 9 months and are still causing a few problems. BUT so much can happen in a year.
And I will try to catalogue it here. The progress and the backwards steps and the decisions about training/gear/food and the like. Might also include a few book reviews along the way since I think we all collect a library of stories and facts that keep us going.
If you have ideas of what you would like me to write about let me know. It is going to be an interesting roller coaster of a year to get me walking those roller coaster hills. Looking forward to that first white blaze.