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, May 31, 2010

Saturday 5/29

PTD is very excited he will see his sister Sue and her boyfriend Jere later tonight. Sue & Jere also invited the Flying Scotsmen to come w them to their friends farm about an hr away, spend the night, take a zero day, kick back, relax and then hit the trail on Monday. Kind of like Survivor when you win a challenge and get to bring a friend. YIPPEE!!! Scotsmen was excited, since he has no family in the states. They are all over in the UK. They can all spend the holiday weekend together.

Today Ponytail saw a momma bear and 2 cubs on the side of the trail. The momma bear wasn't too happy that he was walking the trail somewhat near her. The cubs were aways away from the trail. She stood her ground and stomped her feet and grunted. Dave slowly backed away, never taking her eyes off of her and went back down the trail a bit to sit and wait for her to leave. He wasn't challenging her. Eventually she left and he continued on.

Dave and Jimmy (Flying Scotsmen) got to the trail head in Swift River Gap about 5ish so they hitched into Elkton, Va to a Mexican restaurant to wait for Sue and jere since they wouldn't be there till around 8:30pm                     897.2 miles to date on the AT

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