A paraphrasing of Bill Bryson & a trail map (displayed below images & tables) . . .
14 States and 2,200 miles later …
The Appalachian Trail. A footpath meandering in a dangerously beguiling fashion throughout the Eastern states. Running more than 2,100 miles along America’s Eastern seabord, through the serene and beckoning Appalachian Mountains, the Appalachian Tral (AT) is the granddaddy of long distance hikes. From Georgia to Maine, it wanders across 14 states, through plump, comely hills whose very names — Blue Ridge, Smokies, Cumberlands, Green Mountains, White Mountains — seem an invitation to amble. Who could say the words “Great Smoky Mountains” or “Shenandoah Valley” and not feel the urge, as the naturalist John Muir once put it, to “throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence?” It seemed such an extraordinary notion — that we could set off from Georgia and walk at least 2,100 miles through the wilderness to Maine. The daunting thought of a hike of this caliber would deter many people. But not us. A little voice in our heads simply said, Sounds neat, let’s do it!
… and we thank you Bill Bryson for your encouraging words
Trail Information and Links
Officially measured in 2009 at 2178.3 plus the 8.8 hike up to the trail head brings our total hiking distance to 2187.1 miles. We’re looking to set the pace between 12-16 miles per day, for a total of somewhere over the 5 million step mark.
Our Estimated Itinerary:
… and excited thoughts about daily mileage danced in their heads … we know we can’t really plan for accurate daily mileage, but we thought we’d just do this anyway because it’s exciting to think about. Our goal was to give you somewhat of an idea as to where we’ll be and when (in case you want to meet up with us). Of course you can always check our SPOT map to see where we are at in reality.
There are 5 tables:
1. Projected – We are planning on taking a slower start and end with a more aggressive middle section approach to what our daily mileage could be
2. Conservative – We took my projected mileage per day and took 90% to see where we’d hit if we were 10% slower than projected
3. Necessary – So we are leaving on 4/18 and need to hit the “deadline” for Baxter on 10/15, so this just calculates out the daily average mileage we need to hit this deadline and then calculates out the dates that we’d hit eat state by
4. Aggressive – We took 110% of projected to see if we moved a bit faster than we had thought (which will probably happen)
5. Average LDH 1994 – This is from some data we came across from a sampling of AT thru hikers in 1994 what their daily mileage was
Now, this isn’t entirely accurate, the mileage is probably slightly off per state, but it’s a good estimate.
|Average (LDH 1994)|
For those of you who would like to learn more about the trail, the following links provide plenty of information: