Day One and Chief Has A New Trail Name

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Pilgrim at the Trailhead

Pilgrim at the Trailhead

Starting on the trail at 10:15 a.m. and arrived at Hawk Mountain shelter at 5 o’clock.  We had a one half-hour break in between and pretty much walked straight through after that. It was a difficult day.  We had a lot of up-and-down rocks and roots and we’re both feeling pretty beat up right now.

We met a lot of people on the trail today and I finally realized my true trail name which is – Pilgrim.  Last year our small group studied Pilgrim’s Progress.  Honestly, Pilgrim’s burdens took on a whole new meaning for me today.  With this pack on my back, I am Pilgrim.



It’s funny how when you are sitting at home and you read all the stories about other people walking the trail,  you get information on the beginning of the day and usually the end of the day.  They say how difficult it is but you really don’t get a feel for how difficult it is “in between” the morning and the night.  If there is one thing I learned today, it is the kinds of difficulty that’s involved with getting from point A to point B.  And, I am only talking about from the trailhead to Hawk Mountain shelter! (8.1 miles)  It is all we could think about.
Lee on bridge
We are here now and with a few ibuprofen and a good nights sleep, I should be ready to go at dawn tomorrow.  Okay,  maybe not dawn, more like maybe 10 a.m. again!  But anyway I’m hoping that we will be able to get up and go.

From the trail, Pilgrim

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9 Responses to Day One and Chief Has A New Trail Name

  1. M E Mattox says:

    Cheering for you every step of the way!!!

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Eileen Waddington says:

    Well done Pilgrim. I was really pleased to hear you were realising your ambition to walk the trail. It sounds a real challenge and I hope you and your buddy get into your stride soon. It’s wonderful you are sharing your experience. Go for it – we are all willing you on 😀👍 Eileen


  3. joekayak78 says:

    The adventure begins


  4. Michael Paulsen says:

    Glad you made it safe. Did you buy an extra large bottle of ibuprofen?


  5. Cindy Watson says:

    Love the trail name! With you in spirit!


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