What? To Gloucester?! I traveled for two days to Gloucester, MA from Damascus, VA. Yes, I am officially ‘off the Trail’. . . I am back with Memory in Massachusetts and will be here with her from now on.
I hitch-hiked from Damascus and got a ride all the way to Maryland with a fellow through-hiker (Big shout-out to Lauren: congratulations on completing your own Through-Hike on 7 May! and thanks a ton for the great company and ride to Maryland!) Then I took a Greyhound bus the next morning all the way to Boston, and Memory picked me up about 1:15a.m. today, the 20th, when I am writing this. We’re sitting here now with great coffee from her super coffee machine.
But nobody cares about the logistics of all this: –you want to know why!!
OK. . . here, –for my loyal readers–, in order, are the reasons that I left the Trail:
1.) I was traumatized by all those morning coffees without half-and-half.
2.) There is not that much fresh fried seafood available on the Appalachian Trail.
3.) I miss sharing my experiences, be they great or small, with Memory. I’d rather be with her from now on than anywhere else. I’m crazy in love with her.
4.) I’ve done enough to get out of this Trail experience what I wanted to; I’m satisfied that I’ve scratched that itch.
5.) The Trail Gods told me it’s time to write that novel & screenplay that I’ve been wanting to get out for years.
6.) I didn’t realize that hiking involved so much walking.
7.) I’ve lost enough weight to be beach-ready!
8.) The devil made me do it.
OK. Maybe that’s not the real ‘order’. You decide!