After  a  good  meal at  a  smoke house resturant, converted  from  an  old hardware  store  in Abingdon  VA, a good   night  sleep  at America’s  Value  Inn, and a waffle  breakfast, it was time  for  a  tearful  departure. George an older trail  volunteer  picked  me up to take me back up the mountain  by way of a God  forsaken road that once managed a narrow  gauge  railway. This  tough old volunteer  unphased  by the huge rocks  and washed out  craters. Along  the way without  knowing my story he told me about  losing his  24 year old son 30 years ago. I gave a brief account  of my sorrow  and with  few  words we bonded on that rock infested access road. We swapped contacts, I  said goodbye  with  a  new found  respect and a burning  to be  made  into  a  real  man. That was my prayer  for  the  next  several  hours .

The  trail  flattened  out, gone were the rocks, rain, and ascents that plagued  my walk with Lori. I wanted it to be rough , I  wanted  to feel the burn, I  wanted  to suffer. But instead  of stress, I  felt  like  I  was  being  killed  with  kindness  from  a gentle trail and two trail magic  stops. I rejoined  Young Blood who saw my sadness when he asked  about  my wife. He made the point to bypass  the  shelter  to camp with me above a river. We both  got to  share  about  our lives, loves  and  losses. As we talked  from  our  tents I  slowly  fell asleep realizing  I’m  not  all by myself .


7 thoughts on “ALL BY MYSELF . …

  1. Andy, They say that “The lord works in mysterious ways…” But, I have come to believe with all my heart that “There is NO MYSTERY as to how God works in your life… If you are PAYING ATTENTION…!” There are no consequences, trust me on this… And, I believe that one day when you meet Jesus, you will. find out the truth and in your surprised state, you will look at your Lord and Savior and say, “Wait a minute… On the AT, that was you… Get outta here!” LOL What a day that will be….


  2. Grest conversation that night bro.. I hope my life of pain and sorrows helped u see weall hurt. Alongside that great river bonds are made….. YoungBlood


    1. A friend of mine taped a presentation I did back in the Fall and recently edited it so I could post it on After going to the website, just search for Andy Davidson thru hiking thru life and you should get the 3 parts. The total presentation lasts about an hour. Hopefully it will make you laugh and think. Since I last wrote, I have to say I really miss the trail and miss conversing with y’all even more. I’ve been working on another project which I hope to announce in the near future. Until then I have dreams of jumping in the truck with Lor and Belle (our Springer Spaniel) and back packing out West this summer. (Just don’t tell my employer).

      Take care, “Phantom”

      I can’t thank you enough for all the support. Feel free to spread the workd and I apologize to some of you who may be getting this notice as a repeat.


      1. Doing this right away… My best BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!!!!

        LTC(R) TONY R. FRANKLIN, Ph.D. Private Practitioner and DOD Psychological Consultant (Special Psychological Applications & Leading Edge Consultants) AL/TN Licensed Psychologist (HSP) & Prior U.S. Army Military, Aeromedical, SOF and JOINT SERE Psychologist 1247 Rucker Blvd., Suite B Enterprise, AL 36330 (931) 624-0269

        “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” JOHN 16:33


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