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

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday – 5/12

Not feeling well at all. Decided to take a 0 day. He went and did laundry. Not much of an appetite in the morning or for the past few days.  He went back to the hotel and took a nap. That isn’t like him. He usually can’t sit still. Naps are a waste of time he says. He slept for several hours. Guess he really needed it)  Got up, felt a little better. Went out to eat. Had 2 big salads. (he was craving some greens) and some meat. Hung out and talked w/several other hikers. As a bunch were in town getting ready to head back to Damascus (friendliest town on the AT) to go to Trail Days. PTD wasn’t planning on going back for that. He didn’t want to take more 0 days to play right now. Next year he thinks he will go back to VA in May for it. Will be a nice reunion w/fellow hikers.

He did see 2 Rings in town. Said Mr Vix went on ahead and is doing some heavy mile days (I think he said one day was like 36 miles – WOW!  Go Mr Vix!). Hopefully in a bit Mr Vix will take a zero day or 2 and Ponytail will catch up to him. If not Mr Vix we have your email and will be in touch.

PTD also met Caribou. Him and his parents have a 2nd home here in Bethlehem, NH. Cool! Ponytail hung out and wrote notes back and forth to each other for a bit in the afternoon.  Caribou is deaf. PTD does not know sign language. So, notees were the best way to communicate.  Caribou is hiking w/his service dog – Knolow. PTD enjoyed spending time w/Caribou today.  

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