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26 miles is a great backpack on a February day. Right now, I would like to hike any distance anywhere. I tore my ACL recently which is I suppose what I deserve for trying to play competitive basketball at 50. I have surgery on Tuesday. My doc says no way I can backpack at the end of May, which was my aim. When I said well I will make it by the end of June then, he was noncommittal. I will, I think.

I would love to backpack the PA AT. The AT in my state of MA is good, but not great hiking, except insofar as all hikes are great. Bryson's book was very entertaining. But I thought that his attitudes regarding the trail and hiking the trail were kind of glib. I got the sense that he hiked to write (of course, it is his job to write). I would rather hike just to hike.
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