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

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday 6/5

Zero day. Dave was up early, doing his laundry. Just couldn't sleep. Not unusual for him. He is a early riser. We had a wonderful breakfast. Our hotel has a do-it-your self waffle maker. Yummy!

We went down to the ATC (Appalachian Trail Conservancy). This is where Dave got to register along w/all the other thru-hikers for 2010, weigh in and have his picture snapped for the thru-Hikers book. He is hiker #217 for 2010.

We got to meet AD, Nobody and several other hikers. The place was pretty cool. Got to see a 10 foot raised map of the AT, Benton MacKaye's typewriter, Myron Avery's measuring wheel that he used to measure the AT and several other need objects.

Downtown Harpers Ferry is very historic. It saw extensive Civil War action back in the 1800's. Very old buildings(some have been restored - other have not). As we approached downtown we went down a very long steep hill with a bunch of small stores.

We went to the outfitter which is located on slabs of rocks, has a Koi fish pond and is 2 stories tall. Sounds huge but it isn't. Here we met up w/Hitchcock and Bulldog. They were just getting done their adventure of Aqua blazing (canoed about 18+ miles along the Shenandoah/Potomac River). They had capsized and all the industrial cameras got wet. Thank goodness they didn't loose any footage of their documentary. They were here at the outfitter picking up their mail drop w/their new cameras so they can continue to document Bulldog's blind Thru-Hike adventure. There is a link on our blog. After you open, click on the word face book and it will bring you to his page.

We had a big lunch outside at a cafe overlooking the Train station. Very good. Continued walking and looking around the town.

Later in the day we headed back to the hotel to swim in the pool and wait for The Flying Scotsman(Jimmy) to call. He would be joining us for dinner. While swimming we saw deer out in the grass, just grazing. Jimmy called and we went and picked him up for dinner. We also met Tommy, Di and Steven (our nephews who live about an hr away)for dinner. They came over to visit and the 7 of us had dinner. Really nice time. Great company and good food.   THANK YOU STEVEN & TOMMY!


Late night snack for PTD was a had homemade apple pie. My mom made it for him back in NH and brought it all the way to WV. Extra special because she put his initials(PTD) on it. Sweet! He also had given some to Jimmy to take back to where he was staying so he too could enjoy something homemade too.

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