For the past few months I’ve been preparing for my upcoming hike on the AT and have been concentrating on my kit, toughening up my feet and wearing in my boots. Ive also been fattening myself up in preparation for the expected weight loss, though I suspect that is more because I am a greedy hog than any conscious effort on my part. However, one thing that is difficult to prepare for is the loneliness that is necessarily going to be part of my experience at some time or another.
That said, I have had some experience of this in recent weeks, without having been particularly conscious of it. It is only now, sitting here typing another post, that I’ve become aware of my wife’s brilliant strategy to assist in my preparations. Continue reading Loneliness of the long-distance hiker