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

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fri 7/2

Ponytail says good thing he stayed at the South Mt Wilcox Lean to last night. When he got to the north lean to this morning there was no water. The small streams are drying up. Rain badly needed.

Ponytail is very excited. He is meeting me in Lee later today for a few days of hiking.

Says not much to see today. Just kept his head down and hiked. Needed to watch the hidden rocks in the tall grass on the overgrown trail.

Upper Goose Pond Shelter was really cool. He didn't stay there so he didn't get to have the pancakes.  Mile wise it jsut didn't work out.  He crossed the Mass Pike on a walk way bridge.
Met him about 4:30 on Rte 20.  OMG, I didn't see him in the parking lot at first beacause he was laying under a tree.  I called him and asked where are you and he says in the parking area and where was I.  I found him, just could see him behind the tree beacuse he was cooling off laying down.

Really nice to see him since we haven't seen each other since West Virginia.

Went back to the hotel and gave him his goodies packages from people.  He was all excited.  Then we caught up on life and went and had dinner.

He hiked 17.4 miles today

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