Well, I’m at it again. Welcome to the inaugural 2017 B.E.D. Post, as you will quickly find out, B.E.D. stands for “Bike Every Day” and that is an aspiration of mine that has fallen on hard luck recently, for several reasons, none of which you’d care about. 🙁
The hidden surprise here, that will one day put me in the record books, is that I need to become proficient on the bike again because when it comes time to do my bucket list item “Hike the Appalachian Trail” I may well be doing it as a SNOBO. The first, actually. And you have no idea what that means.
A NOBO is a northbounder on the AT. A person who begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia, and hikes north 2200 miles to Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine.
A SOBO is a southbounder. Yep, you’ve got it!
What the heck is a SNOBO? That would be a southward hiking northbounder.
Here’s my sneaky little plan. I’m taking two bikes with me to Springer Mountain. I’ll leave one of the bikes at the first convenient trail town or road crossing north of Springer Mountain. That place might well be Mountain Crossings, who knows? Then I’ll drive to Springer Mountain and cycle north to the second trail town or convenient road crossing on the north side of Mountain Crossings and chain the bike I’m riding to a tree. It’ll be there for awhile.
Then I’ll hike southbound to the bicycle I left at Mountain Crossings, and ride it to a third trail town or convenient road crossing and lock it to a tree somewhere in the woodline. I’ll then hike southbound back to retrieve the other bike, only to ride it north to a fourth trail town or convenient road crossing…
I’ll repeat this all the way to Katahdin in Maine.
To the best of my knowledge, I’ll be the first person to attempt it. But it all begins here. I love to hike. I love to bike. I’m going to have a kickin’ time on the AT.