So I woke up to a great email this morning. Zach, the author of Appalachian Trials and maintainer of the website by the same name emailed me. I check this site everyday and the content that is there has kept me sane for much of my time here in Afghanistan. That being said I applied because I wanted to provide the same type of content to other people that use the site as their daily escape.
This being said Going Big is not dead. I will still be using this as my daily journal/blogging platform while hiking. However I will also make posts on AppTrials that I do not make here. However I will share the links to those articles on the Going Big Facebook page. So if you haven't 'liked' me on Facebook yet, there's your reason to right there.
As a general update to my hike planning I am currently getting the financial side of the house in order to ensure I have enough money to make it from Georgia to Maine, I am building a savings of the recommended $2 per 1 mile and then anything I have on top of that is just extra. I have most of my equipment ordered (sans a few items I'm still deciding over) and I am on schedule to be home soon. My first AppTrials post will probably be around the end of July, beginning of August.
Hey hey! The 2016 Hikers forum is open on WhiteBlaze, I've started sharing my blog with folks that might be interested so I'm going to work to keep material coming out even if they are just book reports.
For this installment of 'Wiki Reads An AT Book' we have Appalachian Trail - A Novel by Darren Drevik. This one is actually about a SOBO attempt, I have mostly been focusing on books that talk about the NOBO experience. In all honesty I bought this one by mistake....but read it all the same.
In truth my feelings about this one are a bit mixed, it was a good story, but boy was it dark. It didn't contain the same happy go lucky vibe as the past few books I've read on the trail. Without spoiling too much about the overarching plot of the book, which despite it's darkness did have a way of keeping me hooked in and wanting to know more, the book contains about everything that can go wrong on the Trail sans a bear attack.
The main character Nate Townsend is making the journey of a lifetime, but it's all for a very mysterious reason which takes most of the novel to reveal itself. As for that dark content I was talking about sexual assault, hillbilly attacks, and self harm are all MAJOR points that drive the plot forward. So reader beware if you are sensitive to that kind of content.
Unlike the last 2 books I've read 'Stumbling Thru' and 'Thru' I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to anyone planning on hiking the trail or that has a loved one hiking the trail as it might not bring out the right feelings about the Trail. Otherwise it was a very good and engaging read, but don't let the beautiful and bright cover shot fool you, this is a dark book.
I'm reading White Blaze Fever next and get closer to my end of tour date when I'll be able to get home and start getting some better prep content out there.