|Mom dropped me off at the AT trail head on Trindle Road in Mechancisburg and photojournaled the beginning of my journey.|
|White Blazes Where the AT Crosses Route 641, Trindle Road|
It took me a good 5 miles to get used to the extra weight on my back and find some balance.
|I Love Bridges|
I was able to run about 2/3 of the entire journey, and I hiked the other 1/3.
Some areas of the trail required rock navigation, which broke up the monotony of the trail, but were hazardous on shaky legs on the return journey.
My hips hurt and I had blisters on my toes the size and color of purple grapes, but I did run the last few yards.
|Selfie with the Signpost|
Safely back to where I started, but filled with more confidence, strength, and joy.
Dedication: I dedicate this adventure to someone I used to know who fueled my interest in trails, hiking, and camping. We had plans to take a long journey together, but it never happened.
Thank you for being a small part of my journey, but I left you on the trail and will continue without you.