Hmmm, maybe I gave off the wrong vibe....
I readily enjoyed my town days, usually every 5-6 days
And one concern I have at this point is making sure on either one of these trails
I can readily find water and then food. I got real good at the weekly grocery trip too, in fact too good from a weight perspective; just as I figured how little equipment and clothes and such I needed and bought lighter stuff anyway, my food weight got pretty high....
Something I need to learn for this one as it will make the difference of hiking comfortably
And making miles to do this in a timely manner.

Socially, part of why I do this and want to know more and be skilled is for that aspect. In fact, I would like to ultimately find someone down to do this hike with me when I go if I find a like minded individual who wants the same kind of thing out of a thru hike; and I would think that may be more likely than I suppose.....
I did meet some great people out there, hiked with a handful and we all kinda pushed
Each other and had some cool camp stories.

But I was just trying to ilustrate the fact that as I got some experience I gravitated to the 'hike' aspect of being out there, seeing such varied and amazing things and views and being challenged.....and knowing I had gotten myself there to these "hard to reach" spots.

So hopefully I do some justice to the social part too, it was fun when opportunity arose but I had more fun on the hike everyday. And I hope to build on those foundations and meet other people out there who think about things similarly.

"We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
--Marie Curie