Some things came together on Wednesday December 14th. It was the presale day for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary tour tickets for legacy members of TomPetty.com. What that meant in this household was jumping on the computer and being ready to order tickets the moment they went on sale to get the best seats possible. We did not go for any of the special packages as they were way too expensive, and besides, I do not like floor seats. I am too short. Everyone stands up and at that point I might as well just sit down and listen. Made that mistake with U2 once back in 1988ish at the Rosemont. Was one of the worst concerts I have ever been to. Leslie is going to see the band on three dates: 1)in Atlanta with me, 2)in St Louis with a friend and 3)in Milwaukee at Summerfest with (yet to be determined…for the Summerfest show I suggest lavish gifts with no real intended purpose while discussing all of the positive attributes of Tom Petty’s music. She might get the hint and invite you!)
So, my start date has changed. I was going to begin on Friday, April 28th. My start date has been postponed to Saturday, April 29th. The logistics have changed a little bit. Leslie and I will fly to Atlanta on Thursday April 27th. That night we will attend the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert in Atlanta. It is likely going to be the only concert on this tour of his that I will be able to attend, so hopefully he knocks it out of the park. On Friday, April 28th we will drive to Amicalola Falls State Park and stay at the lodge. We will spend that afternoon checking out the falls and the park. On Saturday the 29th, at or about 9 am I will begin my journey to Maine by driving to the parking lot near Springer Mountain and hiking .9 miles backwards to the start of the trail. I believe a friend of mine from high school, John Hajicek, is going to meet us at the Park and start this journey with me. He fully intends to go the distance as well. Given his athletic background I have no doubt he can do it. I think for both of us it will be the external aspects (injury, illness, etc…) of the trip that could derail a successful completion.
I also have been looking at being at Harper’s Ferry by July 4ish and am having my doubts about making it. A more realistic date is around July 10th to 14th. That is really not of concern as long as mentally I am ready to flip to Mt. Katahdin in Maine and start hiking south back to Harper’s Ferry. This brings up one other thing I have read in the past and expect to happen to me. Anyone starting after say about April 15th has time issues to get to Maine. All of the people they run into along trail, of course while trying to be helpful, let them know that they probably won’t make Maine because they started so late or some variation of that theme. I wonder what the over/under is on my hearing this helpful advice? I am going to try to keep track of all the “help” I receive in that regard for funsies. Anyway, as grand and majestic as it would be to finish on top of Katahdin, I also think Harper’s Ferry would be a fine place to finish. First time I was ever there was a high school trip to Washington DC. We spent a day at Harper’s Ferry. Neat place and with the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy there, it makes for a notable finish. Next time I am here I will look a bit different and will have at least 1,000 miles under my belt and it will be all downhill from there.