I am a week away from getting back on the Appalachian Trail and have been preparing. While I am getting out in the woods on a regular basis, my hikes are usually not over the ten mile mark, about half the distance I am looking to cover each day. On the Appalachian Trail hike to date I had averaged just over 26 miles per day, but I am not going to push it immediately.
As usual, I have been cross training on my bike. This past weekend was also the third annual bike ride to Montauk Point. It is a little ride my friend Art and I put together several years ago. The weather was absolutely perfect, in stark contrast to the ride last year, where a good portion of the riding was in a cold rain. We collected our group of friends from various points on Long Island as we rode past. We had one guy wipe out, another stop riding in Montauk town and a few sore muscles, but it was all good fun. It is a rarity that I get to do any group riding, so for me it was something different, logging 90 miles among friends.
I will have to be focused for the last week as I have a number of things to finish before heading into the mountains for the last 660 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I also have to be back in Los Angeles by June 19th, so I really can't take it too easy in the mountains. At this point I am just looking forward to the solace of the wilderness and what could be a last hurrah for Kevin Knieling, Adventure Traveler.