When I posted the introductory post to this blog, I linked to an overview of the trail hosted on Wikipedia. I didn't think much of it at the time — all I could think about was "First post! Yay!"

It wasn't until the next day when I looked at that overview image that I had my very first (minor) panic attack about the trail. The enormity of the task ahead of me suddenly sunk in all at once and I got that heavy feeling in my chest, my eyes probably widend, pupils dilated, and I froze. Dazed.

What the fudge am I doing?!

So cliché.

Then, within seconds, I shrugged it off, told myself that I don't have to do it all at once, right? One step, one day, one section at a time, right? I tell myself that I've planned this out, I have the equipment, the mindset, the will, and then I finish the mini-pep talk with just stop thinking about it.

So cliché.