As hikers, we tend to put too much emphasis on daily mileage.  Of course, since we have "real" lives in between hikes, we do have to maintain some kind of schedule.  But there should be some flexibility built into it.  Leave some time to admire the view, or explore the abandoned homestead you'll come across.  Maybe the trail will take you through an old orchard;  you'll certainly want to take advantage of that!  The thing to remember:  are you out there to make miles, or to recharge, enjoy yourself, and have one of the experiences of your life?  Both are worthy goals.

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