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 16, 2010

Saturday 5/15

Today PTD is excited. He will get to see my parents. They will be meeting me at a road crossing on 601 near Newport, VA. Sporadic cell service and this was a very remote area. He just hopes they can find him easy enough. Again, backwoods, off dirt road. If not they have a back up plan. He will sit and wait till 8pm and if no show he will walk a bit and tent for the night and try to walk till he gets service or the next road crossing about 6 miles. He sat and had some snacks and waited for them to come. Meantime, he started thinking, what if he has to spend the night. he will need water to cook his dinner. So, a family that was hiking into the woods to spend the night had some extra water so they gave him enough to get him by just in case. People seem to be so sweet.

Just after he finished his snacks he saw a car coming from a distance. It was Skip and Chris. Yeah! He hasn't seen them since they dropped him off in GA. 45 days ago.  Wow!  He has been on the trail that long.  He says time is going fast.

They took him off the trail for the night. they were going to spend the night in Blacksburg, BUT who knew it was graduation time and the hotels were either booked or were $200 + a night for a room. YIKES! So they went further and found a Super 8 in Christiansan. Just a bit outside of Blacksburg near I81. They all got cleaned up and went out to dinner at the Outback. Ponytail loves steak!

I talked w/my mom that night and she said that Dave looks good. Skinny but good. Not like he has been sick for a week. She said he has been taking really good care of himself since he was sick. Drinking fluid and making himself eat. That was good to hear ( I had been a bit worried). Ponytail knew if he looked sick or still was on the down they would be bringing him to the nearest medical center. I just love my parents for checking on him. Thanks Mom & Dad!!!!

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