In 2011, I undertook my first long hike, which was supposed to be a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) starting April 3. A few days after the Fourth of July and in the middle of Pennsylvania, over half-way done, injury struck in the form of a tibial stress fracture. After two weeks' off-trail rest with family in ol' Virginny, I skipped ahead 300 miles to rejoin my friends in Falls Village, CT. With them, I continued on to Monson, ME, only 110 miles from the northern terminus of the trail, at which point I stopped for the year. Back then, I carried a flip-phone and a handwritten journal, which I'm probably never going to bother to transcribe electronically.
I always intended to come back and finish my missing sections, and in August and September of 2014 I got the chance to. Having finished the PCT in the interval, it was a shock to the system to jump onto the AT southbound in Connecticut and stumble through a few hundred senseless, ugly, obnoxious, completely unrewarding miles down to Pennsylvania, and do it starting out in doughy physical shape. I survived and right away caught a flight from Philly up north for the AT's pièce de résistance, the 100 Mile Wilderness and Mt. Katahdin in Maine, finishing my two-year section hike at the same time as many northbound thru-hikers. Below are the journals for those sections, beginning with the mid-Atlantic and ending with Maine.