Finishing up a thru-hike

On October 11th, the Sobohobos and I made it to the Canadian border finishing our thru-hikes (Gangles, Steiner, and T-bone still have 400 miles in the south still to finish, but they’re almost there!).  So after a month and a day for me, and an average of 5 months for the others, it’s time to pack up and head home.  Finishing a thru-hike can be a very bittersweet experience. You spend  a very extended period of time living a totally different kind of life then what you’re used to in the “real world,” where food, lodging, hygiene, routine are all flipped upside down. The end, though, can be tough, as your body starts to break down, adopting what’s known in thru-hiker circles as the “hiker hobble.” We also had to contend with some increasingly cold weather at the end with some frost and snow coupled with some rain.  When you
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Planning the big trip

As I was scrambling to start getting everything ready today, I realized that even though the trip hadn’t officially started yet this was definitely a big part of it. Even though my work was done in China (for the time being) I was still busy as ever. Not to mention, the preparation for a trip certainly has a lot of bearing on the trip itself. So here’s what’s been keeping me busy: Step One: Since I was going to be arriving in New York from China less than a week before departure day, I was slightly concerned about jet lag, especially since there was so much to get ready once I got back. It all worked out quite well since I had going away festivities friday night, then was packing until 4am the night before take off. So with less than 8 hours of sleep over two days, it was
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8,600 miles by bike, 600 by foot: Touring the U.S. for 2 Months

On the 27th of August I will be leaving on a roughly 2 month long hybrid motorcycle-hiking trip, living out of my frame pack and saddle bags for over 60 days. It’s something that has been in the works for a while now. It started off as a trip to New Orleans that Brent and I had been planning as a way to “launch” our site and then it just started growing from there, as plans like this often do.
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