Georgia to Maine - - Please join me from start (4/1) to finish (8/10) - 132 days!!!!!

Bethlehem, NH
I have completed my thru-hike of the AT from Georgia to Maine; I started 4/1 and completed 8/10/10. I decided to do this thru-hike in memory of my brother Michael and in turn decided to turn it into a fundraiser. All money raised went to the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country which gives year-round opportunities in sports and recreation to people with physical or developmental disabilities. My wife Pam and I got involved with this program because it allows us to help people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors like we do and my brother Michael did. Michael was born mentally challenged, and he loved to visit us in the North Country of NH and go hiking. He also loved the outdoors and did many other sports. So, to help others do this and other outdoor activities is a TRIBUTE to him, and an HONOR to us. Many of you have helped me along my journey and donated (follow donation link) directly to a secure website. All donations have gone and WILL CONTINUE to go to ASPNC – nonprofit org to help assist others to hike, ski, kayak, snow shoe..etc… Thank you all in advance for your kindness & generosity, Dave & Pam Smith

Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday 4/9

Dave says he woke up early. Heard there was a free shuttle and free breakfast at the 1st Baptist Church in town. THANK YOU 1st Baptist Church group for all your hospitality. Awesome breakfast.

After that he gathered some of his items (boots were somewhat dry) and went out and hiked the 3.8 miles that he did not do on Thursday due to location where the shuttle had picked him up. Beautiful, dry 70 degrees. Nice day to hike. He needed to stay in town one more night so that he could meet up w/his family Sat morning for breakfast. This will be his 1st visit.

So, later on Friday he had lunch w/Mr Vix and Ian at the Rathskeller . THANK YOU Anna and Hanna for wonderful service.

After that he says he got to ride a bicycle to town to get some groceries at the local market. A local bike shop in Franklin donated a bike to the Sapphire Inn for hikers to use to get to town. He says he got more tuna, little Debbies and some other items for lunches and dinner for the next few days. He will get his 1st mail drop in Fontana Dam on Tuesday. Look next weekend for his FULL Journal and pics. I will be entering them in for him.

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