Thursday, October 2, 2008

I'm back!!!!!

Summited on the 30th and Brahma and Sweet P had rented a minivan to drive back down to Virginia. They were dropping Hoot and Sundance off in NY and offered to drop me off in Boston - so we made a little road trip of it. Didn't want to pay for a room - so just went to the airport and slept on the floor. Pretty nice to carry your bed with you everywhere you go. Since my ticket was for the next day (the 2nd) I couldn't go in - so I just laid down right by the front door. Didn't get much sleep - they kept buffing the floors and people walked by all night. Got up at 4:00am to switch my flight to an earlier one - and, well, here I am. I am Kansas City right now!!! Getting ready to go sit outside and decompress for a bit. WAY to much to jump back into when you have been in the woods for 6 months. Hope to add a few more images and the clip of my finish - so you can make fun of me for crying. Peace to all - and thank you so much for following my journey - I couldn't have done it without the support of friends, family, and everyone that I met on the trail. Your first question, I'm guessing, is would you do it again? I'm glad I did it, and it has changed me, a lot - but no - once is enough. If I had the time and money I would go hike the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada via California, Oregon and Washington). But honestly would like to just do some short weekend hikes or hell - even car camping! Now what? Not sure. No money, no job, no house. Anyone interested? Clearly have shown commitment, desire, persistence, strength and the ability to deal with logistics of a large project. Email me. I could also be a cabana/pool boy for a Cougar - this is the one time in my life I think I can pull off the tight, white shorts! I need to get away from this for a bit - like I said - I'll add some more - but kinda freaking me out to still in the library when it is sunny outside. Feel free to email me with any questions about the hike - or take me out for a drink and I'll talk your ears off. Plan to shave the poor attempt at facial hair in a day or two - and might upload a new picture. I don't even remember what I look like! Go get some sun on your face.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and welcome back!

Anonymous said...

uh, houston.....
the librarian and her twin sister (the candy striper), live at the base of mt. katadhin; well they're a little uptight that you didn't stop in and see them. Librarians comment "men, nobo's, thru hikers always promising to help me fix the buttons on my blouse....."
Oh well, guess you're probably thru with librarians. congrats on such a terrific accomplishment. it's been great to travel along with you via the blog...gracemor boy.
all that time thinking on the trail, seems like you'd figure out who this is...maybe i'll give you a call.
edc cl

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You've unloaded your pack, literally and metaphorically. Got your health, got your brain: got a chance to reinvent yourself yet again.

Kevin/Blaze? Who's it gonna be?

Anonymous said...

congrats on finishing!!!!! i wish i could of been there with ya. maybe one day i can hike the whole thing. May you always be Blessed.
peace bro and God is so GOOD!!!

heather
AKA-two beer NUN

Frederick said...

BLAZE!!!

I'm glad to see you made it out of Rangely, up Katahdin, and home safely! It was great to meet you out there this year and I hope you never lose your ability to banter, chock full 'o wit of course. You're a great guy and I'm glad to see that you never gave up on the dream. Hope to see you at Trail Days, on the AT, or at a bar in Anywhere USA (3 most likely hang out spots for an ex-hiker, I'm assuming). Take care!

AT Silver Medalist,
Rub-a-Dub (FreeDugan@gmail.com drop me a line if you're ever near DC!!)