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

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Damascus my feet are sore!!!

Hi all,
 I am sitting in Mojoe's cafe in Damascus Va. I've done a marathon 73 + miles in 3 days, so I've got a few blisters going but thats all part of the trail! My wife will be picking me up in about 2 hours for a 2 day rest off the trail  + a zero day today will make 3, but I'm 6 days ahead of my schedual so I'm good. My visit  with Pam will refuel my soul and I'll be ready for the next 400 + miles through Va. I've hit some wild weather in the last week ,thunderstorms ,hail,wind and fog,and every morning I'm up and ready for whatever mother nature has to offer.
The trail is it's own little community and I've made some good friends and a few have left the trail but thats also how the trail works.
The local people you meet are awesome to talk to also.
Just want to say a special hello to Mike and Ayesha a nice couple I met yesterday on the trail to Whitecap.
Mike hold on to that dream and someday I'll follow your journey on the AT.
Thanks again for all your continued support,
Hike Safe,
Ponytail Dave
PS Did I mention I'm having the adventure of a lifetime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6/5/10

    Hey Smitty - just checking in on your adventure. You are really moving along. Hope you enjoy your days off with your wife. Keep on keeping on! Deb Davis

    I am not anonymous!