Cheryl's trail (angel) name is Should Be Good..her response to nearly every adventure I suggest. I plan to hike the PCT in 2018 to do it all again for different scenery. Engineer by trade but my chronic hiking addition has put that off for a while.Hey, my name is Cieria (pronounced Sierra), but everyone calls me Rera (Rare-ah) because my baby sister couldn't say my name correctly.

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An Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been on my mind for many years.

Cheryl, my wife of nearly 30 years, and I have spent years talking about and planning for my walk for 2018. The kids are grown (though not fully independent quite yet), the house is sold and the career that supported my family well but never fulfilled me is soon to be in the past.

When I'm not out in the back country or stuck at my day job, I build and repair guitars and other fretted instruments.

Next spring I'm attempting a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

I saw the Katahdin, Maine mileage sign and knew that I had to complete a thru-hike one of these days.

To top it off, once we got to the spring, I drank the cool, clean mountain water and must have been bitten by the hiking bug.

I am currently in my mid-life, maybe a mid-life crisis, maybe a mid-life rebirth.