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, June 27, 2010

Saturday 6/26

Ponytail Dave and Sue started out hiking at 6:30am. Sue got to cross the 1400 mile mark w/PTD. They had nice rolling hills to go over. No wildlife to speak of except for birds and chipmunks.

They stopped and had a very very early lunch (about 8:30), some of us not ont he trail would call that breakfast.  They also stopped at a stone watering house near one of the trail heads.  The water was treated. PTD cameled up. They had crossed several small brooks and some very small streams. The streams were almost dried up. If this warm weather keeps up hikers behind him will have troubles w/water too.

Ron came to get Sue about 11:30 near Dennnytown Rd. She had hiked only 7 miles today w/PTD because she is in a 5K road race on Sunday and didn't want to push the limits today. PTD had a very nice time hiking and talking with Sue. Hopes that the next visit won't be years apart. Hopefully we can all meet up in August in Pittsburg, NH when PTD is done the trail.

He continued up and down some rolling hills, hemlock groves, a sunken mine shaft, steep rocky area 1/2 way up Denning Hill, pretty views of Canopus lake, Clear lake and Oscawana Lake...

Ponytail moved on and came to the RPH Shelter where there was a man offering to give him a ride to the grocery store to re-supply. Perfect! Then he won't need to stop again till he meets Phil in Salisbury, CT. This man had a beautiful new Lincoln Navigator. He let Ponytail put his smelly pack in it. Guess he owns a chain of drug stores and hopes to be able to thru-hike one day. He drives by this shelter often and helps out the hikers by giving them rides. Very nice man.

Ponytail got back on the trail and continued on till around 8ish. Then set camp up near Stormville,NY. He was so close to the interstate 84 that he could hear the big 18 wheelers whizzing by. He opted for his earplugs tonight so he could sleep.

Nancy in Goldvein. Thinking about you and hoping all goes well this upcoming week. Have faith!

Today he traveled - 25.3 miles
To date - 1,422.8 miles
left to go - 755.5

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