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

Back on the trail…

Filed under: Blog Posts — chrishennig @ 8:56 pm May 31, 2009

Full of anxiety on Wednesday, I cautiously headed out again to see if the leg was better and trail-worthy. I was also worried if I would know a soul or have to meet all new hikers over the next few days.

As far as I can tell, the leg is at 95% again! PTL! Of course, the law of the trail: when one thing stops hurting, something else starts. I’ve had to pace myself to keep my knees happy with me. Before Wednesday I had taken 11 of the previous 15 days as Zeros, so these first days back almost feel like I’m starting all over again.

As far as friends, I’ve seen somebody I know every day! The trail is a small world and has a way of evening out everyone’s pace.

Just so you know, I’m undergoing an experiement tomorrow, one that I’ve thought about long before the hike began.  Like I mentioned in the intro videos to the site I know that 26,000 children die a day from preventable causes related to their poverty, but I don’t know what 26,000 of something feels or looks like. So, tomorrow while hiking I’m going to count 26,000 steps, understanding that each step will represent a life ended too soon because of a very simple lack. The world has the resources — where are they going?

Yeah, heavy duty. I’m not sure what to expect. I’ve never counted past…well….maybe 120? I’ll blog about that sometime on Tuesday while rewarding my leg with a much deserved day off. Until then, here’s the…

Trail Report
5/27 9.3 miles, really tired, everything feels sweaty and humid, rained a good portion of the hike, leg feels ok

5/28 16.4 miles, foggy most of the day, rained the last 1/2 hour. Lots of flies here (which would have been named a land had it not been named a fly…) saw a snake that would not get off the trail

5/29 14.6 miles, saw my first turtle! Many portions of the trail were a river because of how much it rained last night.

5/30 22.8  miles, thankful leg doesn’t hurt! Saw a deer. Might have seen a bear. Saw 2 owls sitting together!

5/31 13.6 miles, challenging climbs and rock scrambles. Had dinner at an AYCE (all you can eat) Family Style restaurant….amazing!


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