Hikers experience the trail in various ways, traveling North or South, through Winter or Summer, by the Day, by a Section of the Trail or a complete Thru-Hike from end to end.
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
From: Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
When hikers have a chance to talk – their conversations eventually lead to three subjects: food, gear and bodily functions. This blog shares those precious discussions and provides my perspective.