First Travel Post…….

Simon Pegg, fellow geek turned amazing actor once said,

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. it means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a some what childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” 

Well said, Simon.

Here at Geek Goes Rogue, we aren’t afraid to express how much we love stuff. We love to travel. At least, the Head Rogue here, me, does. People ask me what is my dream when it comes to travel. They expect me to answer with some exotic location.

My answer? The Appalachian Trail.

For those who may not be familiar, The “AT”, is a hiking trail in the United States that goes from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Total distance? 2,200 miles.

Some amazing people do the trail in one hike. “Thru hiking” takes time, commitment, and an ability to “quit” life for a bit. I have none of those abilities. Instead, I’m going to do what is known as “Section” hiking. That is, a person picks sections at a time to hike whenever they have a spare week or two.

This past October, I hiked my first section. Well, a four mile section of it anyway. I loved every minute of it. I didn’t want to stop.

God willing, I’ll be starting in earnest my section hiking in October from Harper’s Ferry, WV. I’m excited. I’m geeking out.

Many of my travel posts will be about the AT, lore, equipment, funny stories. I’ll try to really have some fun with it and hold the “mystical enlightenment”.

But I promise you, I’ll be “geeking” out about it.

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Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out in April 2015

  • Lyn Perry

    We’ll be hiking a section in VA this summer. Our first go at the AT. Reading books right now on what to do and how to do it. Super excited about the prospect. May see you on the trail some day! (PS, I just discovered your blog via Mike Duran’s mention of your review of Bell’s new book. Your thoughts are hilarious and poignant. Love the combination. Also, best wishes on your new novel.)

    • Jonathan Ryan

      Thank you so much and welcome! Would love to meet you and you all on the trail!

      Thanks for the thoughts! My first novel is coming out in October. Crazy excited. Now, I’m working in what I call Operation Totem. It’s just started. Stay tuned, and tell everyone about the blog!

  • Lyn Perry

    Will do. I just found you on Goodreads as well.

  • Dave Swartz

    Have you done much wilderness hiking of any kind? If not, I have five words that could make all the difference – good boots, socks, socks (and did I neglect to mention?) socks. The AT won’t let you down. I’ve done part and am jealous of your date with it in October. A number of Trail savvy believers patrol the trail with water, first aid and invitations to home cooked meals. Good for you to know so you can research now and I’ll dig around to see if I can find them.

    • Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks very much! I’ve done enough hiking to know about boots and socks. From everything I’ve done and read, footcare is the PRIMARY concern for hikers. It makes complete sense. And thanks for the help on the good trail angels. That is most helpful!