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 23, 2010

Tuesday – 6/22

It was very hot and humid, just like days past. Especially walking through all the fields of tall dry grass. PTD walked w/the cows many times today as he crossed many fields. Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.

He was craving ice cream and knew a farm stand would be coming up near one of the road crossings. He ended up getting a chocolate shake, 2 peaches, a plum, and a pound of cherries. Think he was craving fruit too.

Ponytail says that southern hospitality is gone. He was traveling down Oil City Road, a black tarred road. Extremely hot. He came across a factory. Great he was thinking, since water has been a bit scarce due to the hot water. He went into the office and asked if they had an outside spicket that he could get some drinking water and the lady said no and never offered him drinking water inside. How rude!

He got to hike a bit today w/Tin Tin and Melagdon. They hopscotched for a bit and then Dave ended up losing them. They must have stopped for a break as Dave moved on. He says it was nice to see familiar faces. He hasn't seen any on the trail in awhile.

Ponytail crossed up and over Pochuck mnt which wasn't very tall but it was steep. He also went over the Pochuck floating suspension footbridge. It is about 146 feet long. Then he crossed over the rest of the Pochuck swamp using a really cool boardwalk that is 3,950 feet long and was built in 2002. He also climbed up mnt Wawayanda today.

Later in the day he said he some soaking rains. Felt good, but now he is soaked. The rain had lightened a bit by the time he got to Wawayanda Shelter. This is where he will spend the night. He has been setting up his tent more now due to the bugs. They are getting to bad to just sleep in the shelters w/no protection. He made his dinner and sat and chatted w/some young kids that were thru-hiking the trail. They started the beginning of March. They aren't on any time schedule.

So, to date 1351.9 and 826.4 left to go

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