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The title is a little misleading as I used to do this stuff years ago, but yesterday I did my first hike with the guys. The four of us decided we were tired of Playstation and TV and reading reports that TV increases ADD and other problems. We decided we would get into doing thingsoutdoors like we did when we were children without all of modern technologies downfalls. So decided hiking and backcounty camping would be the place to start. So we got togethr our equipment and decided to do a day hike with all of our gear on to get an idea of what to expect. We went th Bernheim Forest in Ky, and planned to walk the 13.8 mile millenium trail. We bit off more than we could chew.
I had not eaten a good breakfast and about 1/2 mile short of the half way point, i started bonking (my first understanding of what this word means). And the once I ate, I felt like a new man and was ready to do the other half of teh trail, when I noticed that 3.5 of my 4 liters of water was gone. So we took the blacktop road shortcut back to the starting point. It ended up being 10 miles anyway.
Today I feel how much past "too far" i pushed my self as my legs are completely smoked, and my shoulders feel some pain from teh pack.
The important thing is that I loved every minute of it and I learned a whole lot. I now know my limits until I can get in better shape, and I learned the importance of eating on the trail. We already have pur next trip scheduled for about 1 month away, and in the meantime I am gonna do a lot of shorter day hikes without the pack to get my legs in shape.