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

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday – 5/27

Thanks for all the encouraging words. Dave is feeling better. Not quitting(he isn’t a quitter) or anything just having one of those days. I think Allen you had it right. The VA blues. Longest state on the AT 550 miles.

PTD and Jimmy(The Flying Scotsmen) eagerly awaited Jim Lemire’s visit. Jim and his wife took them both to the Chinese buffet in town. Nice visit. Very nice for Jim to invite the Scotsmen to have lunch w/us too. PTD really appreciates Jim taking time to come see him. He also has been great support for Pam. THANK YOU!!! After lunch Jim brought them to the grocery store, pharmacy and to the SNP headquarters so they could obtain their back country hiking permits (just like they needed to get in the Smokey’s). The ranger says it is going to be a busy weekend for hikers. It is Memorial Day Weekend and EVERYONE wants to hike and camp in the Shenandoah’s. Jim and his wife said their goodbyes to PTD and the Scotsmen and dropped them off back at the trail head about 12:30 or so. Super visit!

Tonight both of them stayed at the Calf Mountain Shelter.

Next visitor is coming Sat night.  Can't wait to see his sister.

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