Welcome. You're about to hop on the Appalachian Trail and become part of the 2009 thru-hike of Chris Hennig, whose trail name was "Feed Bag." While Feed Bag took in all the personal benefits of spending hours alone in the woods (getting in better shape, crying, pondering the meaning of life), there is a purpose greater than that for which he hiked: to make the world a better place for children. And you can be a part of this journey starting now...and help make a difference!

Start Date: 3/29/09 End Date: 9/5/09

Baltimore Blue Blaze Blessing, Back in Pearisburg Confessing

Filed under: Blog Posts — chrishennig @ 9:26 am May 27, 2009

So after feeling the need to take several days off in a row rather than walking a day then resting a day, last Wednesday (5/20), after only 12.5 miles, I decided to take several days off and spend time “resting.” My rest was in the form of a road trip into Baltimore from Saturday-Tuesday to attend the “This Is Next” conference. 1 hiker friend, 1 camp ministry friend, 3 college friends, 10 church friends, and 1 pastor friend plus 4 Iced-venti Vanilla Breve Starbucks Doubleshots, 1 Chipotle burrito, and a hotel bed were my temporal highlights of being in Baltimore. Jesus’ life, work, death, resurrection, and return were the focus of the weekend. If you don’t know who Jesus is, it would be a great way for you to spend some time getting to know Him by listening to the audio that will be available free from the Resources section of their website. If you do know Him, it would be a great way to spend some time reminding yourself! The teaching was top quality.

So, how does my leg feel? I don’t know. I don’t feel like I’ll know until I get out there today and try some miles. It hurt less and less as the weekend progressed, but it was still noticable after a day of minimal walking.

So, how do I feel about the hike? Well, after the amount of teaching I heard this weekend, I feel like I have a lot of things to process and what better way to do so than in the silence of the woods. But…this is one of those days on the Appalachian Trail that this hiker doesn’t feel like hiking. Could have something to do with the rain, the uncertainty of whether or not my leg is better, how great it was to be around friends all weekend, that I had a ride back to Ohio or Nashville, the uncertainty of good, better, and the best decisions, or how I miss playing piano and being involved in music.

Maybe I tend to be a moodier hiker than everyone else out here. :) Again, I feel like this is relevant material for those of you who would ever consider a long distance hike. You can think of 1,000 reasons why it’s a good idea to attempt a long distance hike. But on the tough days, only a few reasons are enough to tempt you to end the hike.

However, I feel like there is work to be done; work to be done in me through the teaching I’ve heard and continue to carry in my head. And work to be done to fulfill more of the goals of this journey and hike.

So, today, I hike. Thanks again for reading. I probably would have quit a long time ago if it hadn’t been for the kind things and encouragement I receive from y’all!

Back into the woods…

Weird Trail report:

5/22-5/26 Nero’s in Pearisburg and Baltimore. Still had to walk to places like the library, the conference center, meals, Starbucks, etc. But no pack on the back for those walks.


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