I'm in Waynesboro, VA., staying at the Grace Lutheran Church Hostel.
Going in am to the Post Office for my mail drop then meeting a friend from NH (Jim Lemire) who is vacationing in the area and wants to take me to lunch. Super! I will enjoy his company. He too has hiked the AT. After lunch he will bring me back to where he picked me up so I can start back on my journey.
On Sunday I get to meet my sister Susan and her friend Jere somewhere in the Shenandoah’s. I am excited. We will take a 0 day at their friend’s house on a farm. I love farms. It reminds me of my grand pop’s house out in the country in PA. They will hike w/me on the trail for 2 days. They have been practicing so they can keep up. I will slow a bit for them; don’t want to push them too hard. Although Susan was in the NY marathon last year and her and Jere are very athletic (run and bike all the time) it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
There are times lately on the trail when I question why I am here, do I have it in me to finish what I started, I miss my wife and my home, but I love being on the trail but just sometimes my body just totaly hurts and mentally I am exhausted.
Then I think of my brother Michael, people from the adaptive program like Martin, Bella and the lovely ladies and gentlemen from the Ski for Light program and Bulldog. I tell myself here are people who dealt and deal with hardship every day of their life, not of their choice and they don’t complain. So, I shouldn’t complain!!!! Needed to vent and share with you my thoughts lately.
Then I come to a place like this church hostel and see what strangers will do for other people they never met and not expecting anything in return. I believe there is hope yet for the human race and realize some people do care about more than just themselves.
I apoligize for the rambling but sometimes the trail gets the better of me! I won’t let it consume me. I will finish! Must stay positive.
Talk later, Hike Safe,