JANUARY 4, 2005 — SEEKONK, MA
I leave for Michigan tomorrow afternoon and will start hiking again on Thursday morning from where I left off on December 20th. It was nice to be home and to spend time with my family over the holidays, but I am definitely looking forward to being back on the trail — there are many reasons to be excited about the 4,450 miles I have in front of me.
I believe that the next four months — when I will be hiking through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota — will be the most challenging part of this hike. I will encounter frigid temperatures and deep snowpack, particularly in the Upper Peninsula. Progress will be much slower than it was in 2004 because I will be carrying twice as much weight on my back, snowshoeing all the time, and losing the trail frequently under the blanket of snow. But I would not be on this hike if I did not like challenges — it is sure to be a unique and rewarding experience.
There are two new things on the website in which you may have an interest. The first is pictures from Ohio. The second is my deep-winter gear list.