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

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wednesday 8/4

PTD Woke to an all you can eat breakfast at Shaw's Lodging for $7.00. Super! What a way to start the day. Little foggy from all the beers w/the gang last night.

Today is the start of the 100 mile Wilderness. He has been waiting for this. 100 mile wilderness is exactly that. 100 miles of trees, ponds, swamps, animals, very remote area in Maine. You should carry about 5-6 days of food, if able to do high miles as Ponytail can.

Says it was a a bit of a tough day. Lots of ups and downs. Elevation gains and losses. His knee and foot are very sore. He can't wait (in a way) to end so he doesn't have to walk everyday! It is hot and humid. The air is very dense and makes breathing difficult.

He did pass lots of ponds (Maine ponds are more like lakes). Spectacle Pond, Bell Pond, Lily Pond, North Pond, Little & Big Wilson Falls and Streams and Long Pond(where he hit the 100 mile mark left to go). No shortage of water out here. Went over Barren Mountain. Nice views.

Stayed at Cloud Pond Lean To -sleeps 6 -  rained over night.

About 19.1 miles today                         95.4 more mile to go

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