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 9, 2010

Thursday 5/6

Ponytail saw several deer on the trail today. It is real common to see deer and turkeys out there near the trails. These particular deers actually started him because they ran right into the trail right in front of him and then ran right away once they saw him.

He came across an old yellow school bus, broken down, wheels partially buried in the dirt, it must have been there awhile. He said it reminded him of the movie "Into the Wild"

25 miles in 10 hrs. Not too shabby! He is staying at the Partnership Shelter. Outsie of Sugar Grove, VA. This shelter is super. It has a warm shower,heated w/propane, a pay phone, free shuttle to go into town and the best thing...PIZZA DELIVERY. Yes, Pizza delivery. He got himself a large extra cheese pepporoni pizza, some mozzerela sticks and a 2 litter of Pepsi delivered. He didn't share(the rule of thumb is you eat 1st and if you can't finish then you offer it up to fellow hikers --UNLESS they have nothing then of course you share) and all that was left was a little Pepsi.  He is a hungry hiker.  Says all everyone does it sit around and talk about their destination that day and food they want to eat or just ate.  Food, Food, and more food.

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