So, Congratulations you're a "segment hiker".
But people just don't wake up one day and decide to take a hike from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine and become what is known as a "thru hiker".
Rather, it is the sort of thing you think about over time, maybe years and then it really starts eating at you. After all if you don't do it this year you'll just be another year older when you do.
Maybe that's what retired CMPD Capt Michelle Hummel decided, to become one of the elite 2000 milers who have hiked the entire length end to end in one go.
In her own words:
One Hello My Name is Michelle Hummel, I retired after 30 years of service to the Charlotte community as a First Responder. This next journey of my life is both personal and to help others.
I am going to start a thru hike adventure of the Appalachian Trail to fulfill a personal goal and raise money to help charities that are near and dear to my heart.
The hike is 2193 miles and I plan to make videos all along the way. Please follow me on my YouTube channel as I will make posts over the next six months while on this journey.
I hope to raise $25,000 to be equally split between 5 charities:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Warrior Jace Foundation
Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation
Charlotte Cobras Football
COPS 4 the CURE.
I appreciate any support you can offer and thank you for taking the time and following along with me on my adventures on the Appalachian Trail.
Here's the link to Michelle's page SHE HIKES TO HELP
CP's Take: Over the years I've covered about 200 miles of the AT the longest Springer to Fontana Dam. The highest to the summit of Katahdin. This is no easy hike, my idea of hiking is a day pack with lunch and a six pack and a hot shower before dinner.
(Good Gouge: Bill Bryson wrote a book titled A Walk In The Woods, that's all it took to convince me I was NOT a thru hiker. )
So yeah I'm envious, but happy with my role in Michelle's quest to "Thru Hike the AT" as cheerleader.
You go girl!