I went to Google Maps and typed in driving directions from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine…and this popped up. The distance is 800 miles shorter, 1,376 miles of driving versus 2,184 miles of walking, but the big difference is the travel time. Walking may take from 4 to 6 months…driving…1 day 1 hour. Big difference! I guess the easiest thing would be to drive it…and next easiest would be to walk the driving directions…but I’m still planning to hike the trail!
Brian Sarvis said it best when I showed him this map, “I guess it’s the route we take in life that matters most.”
Given a choice the majority of people would most likely drive this rather than hike it, or better yet, just stay home! In our daily lives we’ve become accustomed to taking the easy way, keeping things simple, and avoiding the difficult tasks. Making the decision to take the harder, more risky path is out of the norm and often looked down on and ridiculed. Reminds me of another great thought…
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost