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 10, 2010

Sunday 5/9

Happy Mothers Day Everyone

Brrr there was frost on the ground this morning. Ponytail says he was glad he was in an enclosed shelter last night. Also, he says he is feeling better. He took more allergy meds just in case.

He said the day warmed up but still windy. It was like the trees had just popped open at higher elevations. He knows now it was his allergies bothering him and not a cold. He never had allergies when he was younger, just started as he got older.

Today's lunch was a bacon/mayo sandwich. He had some pre-cooked bacon in a package and a packet of mayo. So, he decided to put it on his round flat bread and call it lunch.

Hit 2 trail magics today. 1 not so good. Whatever it was, was gone by the time he got there. Bummer man! 2nd one was gallons of fresh spring water. He filled up. He said that was really nice.

There is a foot bridge that the book said was closed at Laurel Creek for repairs. But, by the time he got there it was open.

He read there was a sub way about 2 miles off the trail in Bland, VA. He was going to give it 10 minutes trying to hitch a ride to town. If he got a ride he would sink his teeth into a nice juicy turkey cheese sub. If not he would go aways down the trail to set up camp and make some Ramen Noodles. Well, no ride so he didn't want to walk the extra 4 miles round trip, so he went to the next shelter and made himself some Ramen Noodles mixed w/4 cheese potatoes, a few slices of a slim jim, mixed in some soy sauce. Yum. Not a turkey sub but it wasn't 1/2 bad after a 24 mile day. Thinks he would eat anything at this point.  Washed dishes and went to bed.  He is staying at the Helveys Mill Shelter.  Sleeps only 6 and was built in 1960

1 comment:

  1. On my thru I got a ride into Bland, ate at the subway, did some shopping, then could not get a ride out of town. Had to walk the two uphill miles back to the trail. PT, you made the right choice skipping the detour into town!