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Thanks for the encouraging words about my slow 2-2.5 mph hiking pace, but I have to own up. That pace is in Florida, where the terrain is flat, flatter, flattest.
Down here creek banks are about as steep as a climb gets. On my few experiences on the AT, I'm a whole lot slower than 2-2.5 mph. Being in my 50's and fat doesn't help the situation. As to my speed on the one overnight hike I did on the CDT, let's not even talk about how slow that was! (But I do get some dispensation cause we started at 9,000 feet, and I'd only been higher than sea level for 2.5 days!)
Incidentally, it's turning into a great year for the FT; we've got a whole bunch of thru-hikers out this year. If anyone is thinking about doing the whole FT, PLEASE call FT headquarters first (1-800-343-1883). You have to get permission to cross the Seminole Reservation and the Desseret Ranch. Near the Everglades a few folks going through without permits are making the tribal powers kind of unhappy about having a trail through their property.
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