US Appalachian Trail
A luxury resort prominent Russian South African trail runner, once I made a quick and impulsive decision, flew from Johannesburg to Appalachian Range, to start 2,180 miles thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. I was clueless about hiking in general and specifically on the Appalachian and spent two days in a hotel educating myself, with the help of a PR manager of the Appalachian Trail, about bears and snakes. However, the last six miles of the rough desert road leading to Springer Mountain trailhead left me overwhelmed with fear. I found myself in tears, worried about being alone for 100 miles and turning into Mowgli. I didn’t know there would be other hikers in the woods! They didn't know I was scared into death and gave me the trial name ... Brave.