Gentle readers, Macon arrived at Harpers Ferry West (by God) Virginia Saturday. She spoke at length with her mother Sunday morning and the following is an assessment of her psyche and her mother's psyche. Daystar is good. I am confident that she will complete the trail barring any injury or accident along the second half of the trail. I know that she has fully embraced the experience and is almost slowing to savor each day and each experience. It has been answered parent-prayer that she has run into so many nice people along the trail whose generosity toward hikers is matched only by the enthusiasm of the hikers. Daystar is fortunate to have fallen in with other hikers who share the desire to complete the trek and have personalities that are so compatible. I know that Daystar no longer remembers the schedule and regimen that Macon had planned so meticulously for completing the hike. Macon has grown into Daystar, and I believe her group has experienced a similar transformation. I remember Macon telling me that Warren (Doyle) was insistent that the trail will not compromise, it will not discriminate, it will not change; that is up to you, the hiker. It has happened.
|Daystar and Bebop|
When the end of the trek is near, the tentative plan is for the Frizz to meet her sister in Atlanta. The two of them will fly stand-by to Maine, rent a car and meet the gang at Katahdin then fly back stand-by. I don't see the group finishing much earlier than mid-to-late August.
But what really remains are the bits and pieces that are untold at this point and will be remembered and shared sometime into the future by not only Daystar, but Bebop, and the Frizz as well.
So as they head out this week, it is time to kick-off the second half of the trek.