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, July 19, 2010

Thursday – 7/15

Chris, Ponytail’s mother–in-law dropped him back down on Dorchester/Lyme Rd early this morning. THANKS MOM!  He had another hot day to hike. At least he doesn’t have his big back. He has one of our smaller day packs.

He stopped on top of Mt Cube to talk to some other thru-hikers. Rustel(she is visual impaired – can only see 20 feet in front of her), Mother Nature, Smokestack and their support U-Turn Bob from FL. They are all out on the trail thru hiking and making their way right along. Dave got to tell them all about our wonderful Adaptive Sports Partners program up here in the north country. They were quite impressed.

He also came across Marianne O’Connor the author of the Haunter Hiker. Dave has read her book thanks to our friend’s daughter Elise. Thanks Elise. Marianne was intentionally out hiking the trail today to find thru -hikers to photograph and interview for a story she is doing for the Hippo Press. Really cool she came across our Ponytail in his home state no less. Now she is doing a story on him, thru hiking and the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. The story will come out this Thursday. Can’t wait to see it. I have attached their link.

He did have some good views up on Smarts Mnt from the old Fire tower and then again when he went over Eastman Ledges.

I picked him later in the day up on Rte 25C in Warren. He had his Ipod today so I could hear him a ways back. He was singing up a storm.

Hiked 20.8 miles today

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