Follow the Adventure of a Lone Hiker Tackling the Appalachian Trail – Update 16: Back on the Trail!

Hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail is no easy feat, especially not when you’re doing it alone.

In this series, we’re following along with a lone hiker doing exactly that, and in update 16 we pick up right where we left off.

Catch Up on Colorado’s Adventure Right Here

Going by the trail name Colorado, a friend of our esteemed publisher is tackling the length of the Appalachian trail, from north to south. The trail begins in Maine and terminates in the Great Smoky Mountains of Georgia, a distance of about 2,200 miles. It usually takes hikers five to seven months to complete the journey.

It may not be the exact type of off-roading you’re used to seeing on TFLoffroad, but getting into the wilderness under your own power is certainly one of the most enjoyable ways to do so.

So enjoy the latest update from the trail, and stay tuned for more.

Howdy, Everyone! Colorado here, revisiting the scene of the crime – or at least the scene of “some sort of virus” – where I left the trail last October. I arrived in Pearisburg, Virginia earlier today, and now with a full belly from the all-you-can-stomach Chinese buffet up the road, I’m ready to continue SOBO on the AT first thing in the morning.

That was then, this is now –
When I last communicated after pulling off the trail last fall, the leaves were dropping, the days were getting shorter, and the nights were getting chilly. But today was blue-sky gorgeous with the trees beginning to leaf out, although the nights are still chilly. I think this is going to be the perfect time to head south on the trail as springtime comes into full bloom. With 637 miles left to go, my goal is to be finished by Memorial Weekend.

It was so strange to arrive in Pearisburg this afternoon. Everything looked just the same, so it was hard to believe it’s been five months since I was last here. While I have all my gear dialed in and ready to go, I won’t be starting out with anywhere near the pace I was hiking in October. I’ll just have to ease back into things and gradually get my trail legs underneath me again.

I’m staying tonight at the Angels Rest Hikers Haven, and darned if I haven’t already earned my wings:

It is still early in the season and although there is one other hiker staying with me in the bunk room tonight, the NOBOs starting in Georgia haven’t made it this far north yet.

And speaking of the bunk room, that’s where I’m headed right now. Just wanted to touch base with everyone to let you know I’m back in the game. I will see you all on down the trail. 

Colorado