Is it time to go home? That is the question regarding our Appalachian Trail adventure.
We each may have thought about going home one or two hundred times but never actually spoke the words aloud. To be transparent, Chief and I have recently had the conversation around this very question.
Our bodies are beaten down and in pain. We have lost a total of 65 pounds (Chief 40, Toad 25) and struggle to carry enough food to fuel our bodies. We now hike 11-12 hours per day and only cover about one mile per hour. We are working harder but are less productive.
Looking ahead, the terrain and rocky climb of the White Mountains in New Hampshire is reportedly harder than what we may be able to achieve. Add in the mountain elevations over 6,000′ and it is more than we can fathom. The fundraising efforts for the Gurney Family is very important and we want John to benefit abundantly in his treatments against cancer. Having already hiked over 1,500 miles on the A.T. is no small feat. Praise God for giving us His strength to accomplish that much.
But is it time? We are praying for God’s guidance and our next step – whether back to Ohio or boots on the trail …
A Time for Everything, Chief and Toad