I Hiked 300+ Miles (Progress Update #18)

Hello all!

Since I last wrote I’ve succeeded in hiking 309 miles of the Appalachian Trail! *confetti* I even got a little beyond Hot Springs, NC which was my goal. You can read all about it here.

Anyway, that leaves me with a trifling 1,879 miles to go. Should be a piece of cake right?

Probably not, but I’m going to try anyway. Which brings me to what I’ve been up to since completing that section of the A.T:

  •  December 3rd: I finished up my hike and went back to the civilized world.
  • All the rest of December: Looked for jobs (I even got hired at Amazon but it fell through), but mostly  vegetated on the couch in a daze of exhaustion punctuated by ravenous hunger. I don’t remember much of December, if I’m honest.
  • January 3rd to now: Got a job working at a car parts factory, and worked 40-60 hours a week.

So yeah, I’m still working, and it’s pretty boring. But I’ll be done a week from today and from then I’ll begin working on logistics for the rest of my thru-hike. I just need money right now, so that’s what I’m working on.

(Tangent: blue collar jobs turn out to pay really well. Apparently no one will take them, so whoever does just gets showered in money. It’s also just an interesting experience, and I would recommend taking this kind of job, even just for a little while, to everyone. At the very least it beats fast food.)

The plan, as of now, is to begin my hike sometime in late February or the beginning of March, but I haven’t got an exact date pinned down. Honestly it’s hard to think beyond my last day of work, because I’m so consumed by that at the moment. But I’ll figure something out once I can devote my full attention to the issue, and I know I’ll be gone by the first week in March.

You should get a post or two out of me in February, as I record my perpetration for my hike, but when I actually start hiking I’ll be updating The Trek, rather than this blog.

So yeah. More posts in February. Leaving late February/early March.

That’s all this time. Take care everyone,

 

Eliza

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