Thursday, July 11, 2013

Day 113 Graymoor Spiritual Life Center

Miles hiked 6.4
Total miles 1405.8

Today was my first day on the trail without Sassafras. It was tough emotional.  I miss her very much, but I know her feet need at least two more weeks at home to heal and more important she is happy at home and already has the rest of her supper planed. She already met with her principal and she is doing work to help get all caught up with school,  so her reentry at school will be much easier. I miss my wife very much as well, but we both are committed to having me complete this thru hike. I am blessed in having such a wonderful family. 

My sister who just happened to be visiting from New York gave me a ride back to the trail. (Thanks Wanda) I am at a pavilion at the Graymoor monastery. The place is beautiful and very peaceful.  It is a good place for me to be tonight. There are several other thru hikers here tonight. They seem very nice. I had not met any of them before.  It looks like I will be with a new group after being off trail for a week. So much seems new. This is a whole new chapter in our adventure.  Kaboose


  1. Just put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be back home again with your wonderful family.

  2. You may not have Sassafras physically on the trail with you now but she is with you in spirit as we all are who have been following your footsteps north! Happy hiking!

  3. What an adventure you and Sasafras have been on! Most people don't do something this extraordinary in their lifetime. It really is quite an accomplishment. Be proud!

  4. I'm glad you've gotten back to the trail, Bob, though I know you're going to have to sort out a new pace-setter. Mark Spitz used to sing (in his head, otherwise that would be hard underwater) "Oh, say, Oh, say, Oh, Say" (as in O say can you see by the dawn's early light...)to time his strokes. Bet you won't be able to get that out of your head for at least a day. Good luck, and walk safe.