I will be spending this first week back in “civilization” on my bike and with my sword.  Long Sensei teaches that the sword is a barometer, and often ripples in life will be noticeable in your technique, before the full wave is upon you.  I’ve found this to be very true in my studies.

After four and a half months on the trail, I am hoping the lax feeling in my shoulders will help my technique improve.

I am hoping to enjoy new fitness on my bike, and a welcome change from hiking every day.  Essentially, I’m trying to take my time in getting back to the daily grind, and not rush into the wrong job.

I’ll be working on some fun and hopefully informative posts for anyone wanting do a thru-hike in the future.

If anyone wants to go backpacking or biking within the next two weeks or so, please let me know!

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  1. Welcome back!! Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure with us. Looking forward to your writings and musings of your next adventures wherever they may lead! Just like you learned from the trail, put one foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Well done, Ryan!!!


  2. Ryan I commend you on your journey and have read each entry and thoughly enjoyed it. I was pulling for you each day. I know you will be back to complete this incredible journey one day. For the past 2 yrs or so I wish I could have done the same. I’m going to NC mts hiking mid-Oct w/bro-in-laws. Keep writing,best of luck and have no regrets for what you have accomplished. Dave Shook Wilm NC, wife works for MRC!

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  3. Welcome home Ryan. So proud of you. What a wonderful journey you’ve been on, with many more to come. I’ve so enjoyed reading of your experiences on the trail. Thank you for allowing me to tag along if only in spirit. I love you nephew and wish you all the best in whatever the future has in store for you.


  4. Welcome to the wonderful world of section hiking. You’re in good company, believe me.

    The longest trip I ever took was the three months I spent on study abroad. I was quite ready go home by the end.


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