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