Why are you hiking the AT???

IVVe43SlRdeSCdpoq71WFQTis a common question…most people say they hike the trail…for fun and enjoyment of life and for warm relationships with others…also…environmental awareness…physical challenge…camaraderie…exercise and solitude…in one form or another…are among typical responses among hikers…once in a while you get the obligatory “because it was there” from some pedantic old bird that lost all their creativity during the WPA era (Slosh)…er…uh…did i say that out loud?…well i cant go for that…no can do…so i got a whole routine that i use whenever anyone asks…(in fact this is what i told them at the AT Headquarters in Harper’s Ferry when they asked…it was met with a very long blank stare…lol)…so here it is…the coach came walking over to me…and i said…i know what you are going to say…i’m off the team right?…and he said…no…you never were on the team…that uniform is a bunch of rags your mom sewed together…and the helmet is a space helmet you got last halloween…you show up at practice…steal the ball and make my players chase you to get it back…and as he’s saying these terrible things i realize what he’s doing…he sees something in me…some special quality and he’s trying to draw it out…and thats when they put the handcuffs on  me…after that i decided to hike the AT!