MY TRAIL NAME 

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

H.L. Hunt


For those of you unfamiliar with the Appalachian Trail, thru-hikers usually use trail names rather than their real names. It is a fun way to identify people as the names usually describe the individual's attitude (e.g., Smiles), hiking speed (e.g., Fast Mover), look (e.g., Pigpen), addiction (e.g., Peanut Butter), etc. For many people, this also helps enable the "escapism" and personal change many are attempting on the journey. Lastly, it lowers the odds of mistaken identities as personal news is communicated up and down the trail. So with that said, my trail name is Thoroughfare Gap. It comes from a song by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. The lyrics spoke to me because they describe how I feel about where I am in life right now as a whole.

"Thoroughfare Gap"

Sometimes When I Consider My Pace
I'm Reminded Of A Train Gathering Speed
For The Climb To The Pass.
In Whose Shadow Already Lies
A Small Metal Dragon Approaching
The Ever-Present Ascending Rise
To The Southern Mountain.
Reeling And Snaking And Leaping
It Seems Like It Wants To Come Loose
From Its Path Cast In Iron.
But It Can't Slow Down Now
As The Earth Has Presented
A New Crest To Reach
Without Barely A Rest
From The Latest One.
And You Wonder Just What Lies Beyond
Though You've Been There Before
And Forget About The Effort And The Strain.
Always Ascending
Each Yard Adds A Mile
To The Never-ending Pull
Of The Steepening Grade
That's Before You.
A Valley, A Forest, A Desert, A Stream
With An Oversized Bridge
For The Trickle There Beneath.
You Remember The Torrent
It Turned To Last Spring
From The Snows Melting Fast
And The River It Became
In The Summer.
Perhaps It Is Ruined
From A Fire That Has Scorched It
So Badly That Nothing
Will Grow Without Rain
To Wash Away The Blackened Soil
Now Useless Till Called Upon Again
In A Future As Twisted And Far Away
As The Next Range Of Mountains.
So Take It As Far As You See
And Beyond
With Eyes You Don't Use Enough
Gather Up Strength
As Thoroughfare Gap
Will Await You Forever.
You'll See When You Get There
Or Even Before
It's Not Matter.
Nor Distance.
It's The Ride.