Day 17: An Interview

Publish date: May 2, 2019

Day 17: We met our first SOBO (southbound) hiker today. Her name is Comics. She started in June but took a break to recover from a stress fracture, and is now only 190 miles from finishing. She thinks she might be getting another stress fracture, but she plans on powering through it. SOBOs tend to start in the summer, while NOBOs tend to start in the spring. NOBO is more popular. Here’s our conversation:

How did you get your trail name?

I draw comics of the trail. One a day. It’s how I fund this trip.

Why did you decide to go SOBO?

The timing. I graduated in June, so I didn’t really think about it. Plus, I knew that I might get injured, and I wanted to at least have seen Maine before I got injured.

What’s your advice for us?

Jump in the water. Literally. I didn’t jump in enough, I only went swimming once

What are you going to do when you’re done?

I’m excited for the things I wanna do after. I’m excited to have done this, though. I might do the PCT in 2 years. I’ll do the tuscorosa trail this fall.