I haven’t had much time to update my blog. I’ve been walking in my spare time! I did my normal nine-mile hike with 40 pounds five times this past week. I broke the five day trend because the family wanted to see the Black Panther. I won’t hike today because it is my daughter’s birthday.
I received my approved permit to enter Canada, so that is now done.
Finally, I put in my 30-day notice on Wednesday. I requested a leave of absence from my long-time employer on November 2nd, after I successfully signed up for my thru-hiking permit. I gave them four months to decide how to respond. I asked both my supervisor and human resources three times each over those four months. Finally, I was told that they had not decided to approve it or not. I believe the thought was that I wasn’t actually going to go through with it. Clearly, they don’t understand me. I said I was going on a hike in 2018.
So, my last day is March 30th. That is the last day of the quarter, so I usually end up working 12-to-16 hours that day. They could escort me out of the building I suppose. That would be kind of awesome! However, I don’t expect that to happen. Don’t be sad for me. The unemployment rate in my field is less than 1%. I do not expect to have any difficulty finding a new job once I return, victorious.
With my last day the 30th, and it a late night that night, I will have three days to get everything ready. There isn’t much left to do. Mostly I will crank up my mileage those days.
Now to spend some time with the family.