SMS Message from the summit of Mt. Katahdin:
today. I am so finished! Road trip to Boston."
Mike's end of journey blog post:
Back to My Other Life...Still I Rise.
the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine. 2,175 miles
in 141 days.
"As strangers often do, we hit it off
straight away. We met in Wales in the fall. I
was looking for support to climb Snowden.
Everything we did was perfect, step by step our
confidence in each other grew. I began musing
about a longer journey in the Spring. We started
together in Georgia and headed north, after a
few missteps we got stronger and tackled many
mountains. It wasn't so much the distance but
the obstacles overcome. We got tired and needed
time to recover. Take care of your boots and
they will take care of you. I washed and cleaned
them made sure they had the right nourishment
and they were always ready for the next day. We
kicked many unmovable stones and roots the boots
took a serious beating but were always ready to
hold my feet and ankles the next day through the
rain, rocks and mud. Good friends until the end
at 848 Trail miles and many more getting water
and supplies. Rest in Peace my friends..."
- Mike Redding, "Ode to my Boots"
most journeys, it begins with a dream. Most of
us have the dream but how many of us actually
set out on that journey?
The door of opportunity is always right there in
front of you.
But in order to begin the journey, you've
got to walk through that door...