aahhh, the blessing of level, smooth ground….for now

for those of you keeping up, i arrived safely to daleville, va. on 5/11 around 11a.m., accompanied by ‘mofo’, ‘ guiness’, and ‘pilgrim’ (hiking buddies i met ).considering the nature of the effort, the terrain, the various weather conditions encountered, and, of course, my age and physical condition, i am relatively unscathed. i do have a few things that are requiring some minor medical attention but they are more of a nuisance and discomfort than dibilatating. all of my infirmities are nothing compared to those issues that have beset the folks i hike for so i hesitate to even mention them.
i have used the last couple of weeks to “trail decompress” and deal w/ “trail withdrawal”. (still in process, much to my wife’s chagrin). as time goes on i will share some thoughts on the close of this phase- part I of III of Hike for Hope. in the meantime, check the blog out from time to time as i will post my experiences and thoughts once a month for the next few months. i hope they will be noteworthy and worth your time for reflection. i should also have some #’s as to what we’ve raised thus far. i have met w/ the n-p’s and we are evaluating and ‘tweaking’ so next year will be even better !!!
towards the end of this year i’ll begin to comment on my plans for next years’ 700 +- hike , how you can help and updates on donations.
finally, thank you for your prayers, support, interest, inspiration,and promotion of Hike for Hope. it is not, nor has it ever been, about me or even Rebecca. it is about those i hike for.
to that end i pray that God will bless my efforts- and yours- for His glory and for the benefit of those we hike and walk for. Ps 37:23

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About jeffsimpsonhiker

Through-hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise money for Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, St Baldrick's and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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One Response to aahhh, the blessing of level, smooth ground….for now

  1. Carroll says:

    Jeff you are like a kindred spirit to my family, it seems. My brother Wade hiked the AT in 1987, an inspiration to us all. He recently passed suddenly in June of 2007 the day after we found out my brother Chip has CLL. Soon thereafter I learned of Team in Training and started doing marathon events in honor of my brothers. I’m running Alaska in two weeks. As a family we have raised $100,000. I’m so pleased to know of what you are doing. If you think of it, whisper a word to Wade along the trail. I know that’s where his spirit is. Blessings to you and your family!

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