Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, June 5, 2019 — My friend Karma is hiking the AT again this year and I have been following her blog. In the past some of her blogs from previous hikes have been cross posted here to share her adventures.
Her blazing speed this time around is impressive. You can do that when it’s your second rodeo. On a repeat performance the B.S. is reduced to noise and the anxieties are taken in stride. You can actually enjoy the experience. That she’s having a good time was obvious at lunch.
The truth is that she’s a week ahead of schedule, not because she’s faster but because she’s hiking smarter by spending less time in town. It just so happens I was in Harpers Ferry upstairs at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy when a friend there told me Karma was downstairs, fresh off the trail, wringing wet with sweat. Serendipity!
I bounded down the stairs into the hiker lounge and gave my friend a soppy hug. After finding out that it was too early to check into the motel where she could have showered, we decided to go to lunch anyway. After all, it is a hiker town and we’re hikers.
Our plan always had been to meet for lunch in Harpers Ferry where Karma planned to take a day off known as a zero for zero miles hiked. Now as it is, I always buy lunch when a friend hikes in from Georgia. It doesn’t happen that often, so it’s a bet that won’t break the piggy bank. When it does happen, it’s special.
My first question was “Why are you doing this a second time”? The answer was simple and complicated. In the end, her reason is universal. She likes being out there.
Karma first hiked the AT in 2013. Her blog “Karma on the Trail” is the most entertaining AT blog I’ve ever read. You can find it here: https://thumperwalk.wordpress.com/
Karma’s half way photos from this 2013 and 2019.
You go girl!