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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tuesday – 7/20

Left the hut about 6:30 after setting the breakfast tables.

When he got near Ethan Pond (swampy area just before) PTD saw a huge moose getting a morning drink. What a beautiful sight to see anytime of the day.  Started his day off right.  Seeing wildlife.

Made it down to Ripley Falls parking lot where I had spotted our car in case he was to come home for one more night. Just in case he wanted to trek on, I left a 2 day supply of food too. Also, in the trunk was a cooler that our friends Karen & Paul from Twin had left for him. It was filled w/sodas, giant deli pickles and giant fudge brownies. She had everything on ice so when he got there it would be nice and cold. He was very surprised! THANK YOU KAREN and PAUL.

He climbed over Webster Cliffs (3,025), Mt Webster (3,910) and Mt Jackson (4,052) till he made his way to the Mizpah Hut about 3ish. This was a tough climb. The hut was built in 1964. There he met Corey and the crew of the hut. They told him that the Lakes in the Clouds Hut was already full. It was overbooked. So, instead of pushing on, PTD stayed there and rested. He did make it to the hut before the skies opened up.

He sat and chatted w/Corey and the crew for a bit. Very nice people. THANK YOU to Corey & crew for making Ponytail feel like a King.

Ponytail was moving slow today. He said he did about 5 miles in 3 1/2hrs. Pace is slowed today. Good! He needs to slow just a tad as not to get burnt out. He really hasn’t taken a relaxing complete 0 day since being at his sister Karen’s house in PA. Back on June 19th. PTD just won’t sit still.

14.1 Miles traveled

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