A traditional thru hiker is known as a Nobo or a Sobo, depending on whether they headed northbound or southbound to complete the hike. After the hike, a southbound thru hiker documents his/her accomplishment by signing
ME >> GA, 2016
My situation is a little more complicated than that. I started northbound from Georgia, but when I got off the trail in May, I “leap frogged” ahead to NJ, then I kept hiking north to Maine. Then I came back to Pennsylvania and “flip flopped” by heading southbound for 400 miles. When I get to Bland, VA in 4 days, I will have arrived at the spot that I left the trail on May 12. Then my plan is to “flip flop” again by heading northbound from Pennsylvania to NJ at which time I will have covered all 2189.4 miles.
If I am fortunate enough to accomplish that feat, I’ll be signing all important documents in this fashion
Here’s a couple from today
The Keffer Oak (white oak) – the oldest tree on the southern AT – estimated to be over 300 years old
Your leap frogging flip flopper,
Judging by your last post, I think it would be more appropriate to characterize you as a BONOBO.
So for terminology to be correct we can name you a BOBO, as both-bound or the more recognized Bourgeois Bohemian, cf Bobos in Paradise; but just maybeâ¦â¦.
Nice going. Iâll bet you have gone against the grain many other times in your most interesting life. Continuing prayers and best wishes from Pennybyrn at Maryfield. Tom