9 Years From Today

8:15 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Unless something unexpected happens, 9 years from today, I will be setting out on my Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail.


A few weeks ago, an AT hiker chastised me for waiting so long. "You could be dead, or your arthritis may be too bad."

What can I say? I'm not willing to sacrifice the life I have for future glory. Nine more years allows me to have 6 months of income saved up, the house paid off, tenure at my job, and all my kids graduated from high school.

But 9 years....it's coming....like Christmas...just be patient, Goose!

10:23 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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WOW! Those are pretty great accomplishments in themselves! I love a guy who lays out his goals and priorities and then goes for the dream! Good on you, Goose!

10:43 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Way to go Goose.  Awesome you got er all planned out.  

11:26 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Don't listen to 'em, G00SE... If I'm not dead, I'll make sure to bring you some hot lasagna when you make it to Harpers Ferry!

11:37 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Well Nine years is a long time and plans change....If you do attempt a thru hike and get to Dalville..I'll buy you a beer...

11:46 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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I got Goose covered when he hits the Smokies

12:02 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Well if we are signing up for the support team I guess I could get you loaded up for the hundred mile G00SE but I'll probably insist on walking up to Katahdin with you ;)

1:18 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Ls, I thought we were talking about beer?!!

1:25 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Patman said:

Ls, I thought we were talking about beer?!!

 What do you think I meant by "loaded up"?  That is why I want to go with him since he will have a full load of beer and may need some help lightening that pack.

1:36 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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You guys are cracking me up!


I am planning on a few section hikes in the years to come. April 13 I'm finishing the second half of the River-to-River Trail in Southern Illinois (70 miles left on that "To Do" list).

Not sure if I'm going to do the Superior Hiking Trail in 2015 or a section of the southern AT.

1:38 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Nice G00SE, sounds like a plan! I don't even know what I'm having for dinner, so 9 years is very ambitious! Best of luck

5:06 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Go for it Goose! Make those big plans.  With luck, the 9 might turn into 5, or three, who knows what's coming up?

8:26 a.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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You've got a lot of patience G00SE, likely one of the most important characteristics of a successful thru-hiker. LoneStranger and I will see you in Maine, for sure!

10:10 a.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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keep the faith, goose!

for 9 years i have been saying "i'm going to hike the long trail."

life kept getting in my way (not to be confused with excuses).

this summer IT IS HAPPENING!

9 years isn't that far off....

....it goes fast, eh?

and then one day, THAT one day,

it simply happens! :)

GOOD. FOR. YOU.

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