PTD stared out his journey today to the ½ way point. It is cold about 50 with a steady drizzle, windy and his foot hurts. He is just plain miserable today. Although he is excited to be reaching his ½ point he wishes it was warmer and maybe not raining.
12PM – Ponytail reached the Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Now it is pouring rain and he is soggy and cold, last thing he wants to do is eat ice cream.
Here is where they do the ½ gal ice cream challenge to mark the ½ way point of his adventure. He says despite the weather there were several people doing the challenge. Soaking wet, sitting under an overhang. One guy has the record for 2010 so far. 10 minutes for the ½ gallon. Ponytail opted for a hot coco instead. Then he went and got some burgers. While his burgers were cooking he ate 3 packages of those little white donuts. He is always hungry now.
After lunch he went to the new museum that just opened. Said it was nice. Lots of AT artifacts. Granny Gatewoods shoes and knapsack to name a few.
He stopped at a small store and the lady says”Are you Ponytail Dave” He says yes. A bit suprised. She hands him a note. It was a note from our friends Linda, Gary and their daughter Kim saying what a wonderful visit they had w/him the day before. Sweet! They had left it after their lunch the day before and the lady said she would be sure to give it to him. Good thing PTD stopped in the store. Thank you again Linda, Gary & Kim.
1/2 way point is 1093.2 miles in 70 days. That is a lot of miles. Still on his 1st pair of boots. Only thing so far that he had to replace was his hiking poles. Other than that all his equipment is holding strong. Hope I don’t jinks him by saying that.
Tonight I talked to him about 6ish. He had already ate his freeze dried spaghetti & meatballs, a few slim jims and he is still hungry. Doesn't want to eat all his food he has in his pack. His next resupply point is on Sat in Duncannon. So hungry to bed for PTD
He is staying at the James Fry Shelter tonight. 17.1 miles today in the rain. He hopes tomorrow’s weather is better.