Long attention span version:
Great Eastern Trail
**Just for perspective, the AT was near 47% on rural roads when Earl Shaffer hiked it for the first time. Something I initially dreaded, roadwalks were a bit of a break and they made resupply a breeze. In some places, an official roadwalk is not yet designated, so you may be able to choose your own adventure in terms of route to connect the sections by foot.
- The AT and the GET are both grand adventures.
- They include rugged terrain, brutal climbs, and diverse environments.
- Both will destroy your shoes!
- The trail towns are welcoming and full of colorful locals.
- They each have trail angels and trail magic in their own unique ways - your faith in humanity will likely be restored on either trail.
- Both have places of intense beauty and places that require a sense of humor.
- They will each test you mentally and physically.
- I found the AT to be more physically challenging (more dramatic elevation gain/loss) but the GET was more mentally challenging for me (constantly checking location, consulting guides, just a lot more thinking involved). The GET is still physically difficult and the AT was definitely mentally challenging, so either way your body and mind are both getting workouts.
- They will both change your life.
This story about my AT hike explains why I feel so passionately about the GET.
Let me know if I missed something important! Thanks! -Someday/Jo