Fiona asked me a question the other day which gave me pause. She asked me why I wanted to thru hike the AT. Good question… We have been talking about it for so long … training for it… researching gear … pushing our miles per day hikes … healing blisters … I never stopped to think about my reasons for this monumental undertaking.
I guess at first it was just something to do to spend time with Fiona. I truly believed that it was another project that we would try for a little while and lose interest in and move onto something new. But when we crested our first mountain top and I was able to look out over the other mountain ranges … something forever changed in me.
It was time in my life for a “Holy Shit” type of moment.
5 years ago I had a heart attack, four years later I had another. I was 38 when I had the first and 42 with the second. I have been working on ways to try and reverse some of the damage I did to myself over the first 38 years of my life. I quite smoking lost over a hundred pounds, and now I am trying vegitarianism to hopefully clean out my arteries… so I think it's time. I want to do something monumental, something that would show my sons that no matter what adversity my come into their lives, as long as we still have breath in our lungs, we can make a change, we can dream, and we can pursue our dreams were ever they may lead. If we want something bad enough it’s just a matter of having the will to go and get it. Life should be lived and fought for, till the bitter end, and we should never go gently into that goodnight.
The AT will be my “Holy Shit” moment.
I hope you will enjoy our blog, and follow Fiona (who is a fighter herself having survived cancer) and Shrek as we train and gear up for our 2015 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike.