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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday – 6/14

PTD said today was a long, long 27.8 miles. Hard and rocky or overgrown trails w/lots of ticks. This is really wearing on his foot. Lot of vitamin "I" helps out some.

Need to tell you about some trail magic. Lots the past several days. Some from previous thru- hikers  such as Joker, Snack Break and Fiddler. At the 501 shelter he had some OJ and some caramel popcorn – weird combo but all tasted really good at 8am he says, then there was this old man walking w/ a small cooler, he was handing out sodas.  Also, there were ice cold Dr Peppers floating in one of the shallow streams. It has been fantastic.  PTD says Thank you to all.

He got into Port Clinton and remembered that Bag of Tricks(met in Duncannon) told him about this place to get some ice cold beer. He was hungry and wanted a brewski too, so he headed over to the Port Clinton Fire Company & Social Quarters. Really nice people. Thank you Tom, John & Dell for the hospitality.

Tonight Ponytail stayed at the town Pavilion. The town allows thru-hikers to camp for free underneath its roof. Bonus! There is an outhouse too. He wasn't alone. He had a little buddy to stay the night w/him. A small gray kitty took to him and stayed with him throughout the night.

Today Ponytail hiked 27.8 miles not including the walking back and forth in town

He has 971.1 miles left to Katahdin!!!  One foot in front of the other will get you there!

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