2020 was going to be my year to do the Appalachian Trail. That is, IF all that needed to happen happened. Well, it did not. I knew it would be a long shot, but I still allowed myself the ‘idea’ of it happening. That’s something I rarely do. I have not and WILL NOT give up on that dream. For now the answer has been ‘not yet’ not ‘no’. And so, I will have to be ok with that and continue on.
Since hiking the 2000 plus miles won’t be happening (this year), I decided to set a goal that I thought would be doable while not killing me, but still challenging me. So the idea of 220 miles in 2020 came to mind. It actually came to mind the last week of 2019.
I was scrolling through my recorded hikes on my Alltrails app and realized that since having it I had recorded around 150 or so miles. I have only had my ‘Pro’ account since September 2018. I am not the greatest at remembering to hit the record button so I am pretty certain the number is a little higher. It shows for 2018 I hiked (while using the app) 47 miles and in 2019 I logged 107 miles.
I felt like that 220 miles was doable for this weekend warrior. I would love nothing more than to hike every.single.weekend but that just is not reality for me right now.
I have started my 220 in 2020 list in Alltrails. I see trails I want to do and I save them to the list. One of the goals within the 220 goal is to hike at least one trail in each of the states that border Tennessee. That’s eight states that I will be traveling to this year just to hike. That should keep it interesting.
So far, the map looks like this:
I still have a lot of work and research to do, but at least it’s a start. Several of these, especially the out of state–long drive ones, will be camping trips. At least one of them is going to be a multi-night on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. I will do a separate post on that one. I am very excited about it and can’t wait.
Well, that’s my great plan for 2020!