March 8, 2000

Dallas, TX 0 Miles Hiked Today 0 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

Erik's GearDeparture date is approaching fast. Every day more errands to run, loose ends to tie, and people to visit come up. What I am learning is that the books, journals, and websites regarding hiking the AT don't really cover how hard it is to leave friends and family behind for 6 months. Saying goodbye to people you care about and won't have much chance to see is more difficult than planning food drops or packing. I guess I should just be thankful that I have such great relationships with all of the people in my life and remember that they will all be here when I come back. Maybe that will be easier once I actually get to the trail.

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