Patience and Fortitude
A little under 500 miles, and a little over two months into our journey, and I’m reminded that I’m long overdue for a blog update. So many times, we’ve heard it said that hiking the section that runs through Maine and New Hampshire is 20% of the trail, yet 80% of the work. We’ve heard tantalizing reports of flatter areas with terrain so forgiving as to allow us to hike 30 miles or more in a day. This all seems too good to be true, accustomed as we are to scaling mountains on a near-daily basis. Still, we eagerly look forward to this “promised land” – yet skeptically, as if it were some sort of mystical fantasy realm. I should say, the terrain has been getting easier, but in such small increments that we are almost tortured with anticipation.
I should also say, I’m almost baffled that not one of us has sustained any serious injuries thus far. We’ve stumbled over roots and rocks countless times, and dragged ourselves over mountains of slippery rock and mud – yet we’ve never fallen to our deaths… or worse. For this reason, and many others, I am very grateful for all of the prayer that has backed our journey, and for the help that has thus been granted us – even more often than we realize, I’m sure.
– Jared, A.K.A. “Slolemon” (formerly, “Moss Man”)