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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Not a planned zero day!

Hi All,

I'm in Pearisburg Va. Since I share my entire trip with you, this is part of it. As you know from Pam's postings I've been feeling a little off the last couple of days.

When I was coming into town yesterday afternoon I had quite a stomach ache,thought it was just cause I was really hungry. So I got into town went right to Hardees for burgers and fries, got a room,showered, and then went to a Chinese buffet across the street. Well!!!! when I ran back to the room "IT" all started. To put it bluntly I spent most of the next 12 hours on the toilet!

This morning I was feeling pretty lousy so with Pam's insisting I took a day off. I guess my body is saying rest.

Felling better tonight so I'll be off in the morning. I will possibly see Chris and Skip(my in-laws) Sat. on their way back from Florida. I hope it all works out so we can meet for an hour or so.

Love hearing from everyone and enjoy reading the cards and things Pam sends with my mail drops from everybody.

Well gotta run(no not to the bathroom) not much time on computer. Glad I could share this with you all!!!!!!!!!

Talk soon,

Hike Safe,

Ponytail Dave


  1. Pony Tail, you are really cranking up the trail. You started a couple weeks later than I did last year, and you're only about 75 miles short of where I was on this date last year.

    Reading what you and Pam post here, it sounds like you're having a great experience. Keep it up!

    BTW Had my closest bear encounter ever a few weekends ago on the AT at the NJ/NY border. The bear staked out our campsite and waited half the night for the chance to take two food bags. Not mine, fortunately, as I had plenty of practice hanging my food last year.

  2. Withu Inspirit13/5/10

    glad your back on the trail again, know its hard, but try to take mileage easy till your REALLY 100%
    we are all behind ya-wishing the best (weather-health-spirits)
    slow but steady finishes the race
    lots of love-happy thoughts your way...