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8/27/12 – 1850 miles The White Mountains have been quite a challenge. The terrain is so rugged that our mileage has dropped considerably. Each day we have several mountains to climb and the trail can be straight up on the assent or drop down a shear cliff on the descent. It takes all your energy

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8/24/12 – 1824 miles The White Mountains are very rugged and strenuous but beautiful. Tonight we are camped at Garfield Ridge Shelter/Campsite, only 10 miles from Franconia Notch the starting place today. We have three tents set up on a wooden platform. Unfortunately, we are right beside a group of section hikers on the first

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8/22/12 – 1795 miles Today was my first slack pack. I always told myself that I wanted to carry my pack the whole way, remain pure by not accepting help from anyone, but like a lot of things that have happened along the way, I changed my mind – the White Mountains changed my mind.

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8/20/12 – 1775 miles Only 408 miles to go. All that is left now is the high mountains of NH and ME, and the long, swampy wilderness leading to Mount Katahdin. It still seems unreal that I will have walked for 2184.2 miles at the end. Today Dead Eye and I hiked 16 miles over

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8/13/12 – 1692 miles Less than 500 miles to go. I passed the sign on a closed section of trail. Irene did a number on some of the VT sections, but they are still passable, so hikers are ignoring the detours and using the trail. Usually, only the bridges are gone and some blowdowns are

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8/11/12 – 1656 miles I’m camped tonight beside a picturesque lake called Griffith Lake. It’s near Peru Peak Shelter for those who are following me on the AT map and near Danby, VT for everyone else. It has been raining for two days. We are blaming the SOBO’S because the weather has been fine until

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8/8/12 – 1601 miles I spent yesterday morning lounging around the motel, enjoying the time off from hiking. It was a short walk across the street where I could resupply and sample a couple of restaurants. The motel offered a continental breakfast but I was more interested in bacon and eggs than cereal. To top

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8/6/12 – 1587 miles It was a short hiking day into Williamstown, MA, where I will rest for today and tomorrow. I hiked all morning with a German girl named Spring. I’ve met her several times in the last few weeks as we leap-frogged each other. She hikes somewhat slower than me but she walks

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8/5/12 – 1581 miles Today I got a taste of climbing mountains again. It was a 2000 foot ascent to the top of Mt. Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. All afternoon the skies were covered in mist and it rained lightly on and off. By the time I reached Bascom Lodge at the summit

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8/2/12 – 1528 Miles There was a group of inter-city kids camping at the shelter last night so I pitched my tent in some hemlock trees way off by myself. I had plenty of privacy, but in the morning the mosquitos were out in droves. I packed up and quickly headed out with intentions of

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8/1/12 – 1508 miles We spent the last two nights at hostels near Salisbury, CT. We heard by way of the hiker grapevine that a new place called the Bearded Woods Bed and Dine just opened for business a few weeks ago, offering thruhikers a place to stay, dinner and breakfast, showers, and laundry, pickup

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7/29/12 – 1468 miles Today was a nero. It was only a mile onto Kent where we would do laundry, resupply, eat at a restaurant, and stop into the outfitters. Laundry was first on the list – we still had on our wet clothes from the rainstorm the night before – and we walked onto

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7/28/12 – 1461 miles Last night was not very restful. I was camped between Rt.22 and the train into NYC. The traffic all night was bad enough, but when the train went by, it sounded and felt like it was coming right through my tent. We were camped only 20 yards from the tracks and

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7/27/12 – 1442 miles I walked alone today. There are still a lot of hikers trekking north but we are getting spread out. Now and then you will meet a Southbounder and exchange information on the trail ahead. But most of the time the woods are quiet and secluded. I find myself singing songs to

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7/26/12 – 1423 miles I awoke very early and decided to pack my tent before the rain came. It was a good decision. Just as I swung my pack to my shoulders, it started to rain, creating a mess for all the late sleepers. The terrain today was easy. Except for a rainy, slippery start,

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7/24/12 – 1398 miles New York State has been kicking my but. It’s almost like the trail planners decided that even though the mountains were nothing like they are in the South, they would route us through the most difficult and treacherous boulder fields they could find. We are doing 14 or 15 miles each

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7/20/12 – 1332 miles It rained off and on during the night so I stayed bundled in my tent longer than usual this morning. The rain let up long enough to pack most everything without getting wet, but my tent was soaked and all I could do was stuff it in its sack and carry

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7/19/12 – 1319 miles I left Delaware Water Gap yesterday just before noon and walked about two miles through town, across the Delaware river, and entered the State of New Jersey. It seems unreal that I’m in my eighth state. Past thruhikers tell us that the state lines fall quickly for awhile and then we

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7/17/12 – 1287 miles Today was a zero day. I’m here in Delaware Water Gap waiting for the worst of the heat to pass. There are a lot of hikers in town and many are moving out tomorrow, creating a bubble that keeps growing as we move north. I think everyone is finding a place

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7/16/12 – 1281 miles The heat is back. The forecast for the next few days is filled with words like: heat warning, dangerous heat index, record temperature, and high humidity. As a hiker, I pay close attention to the weather. It’s not fun to run out of water on a blistering long section, or find

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7/13/12 – 1252 miles The trail led an easy 7 miles into Palmerton, PA, a nice but sad little town along the Lehigh River. I’ll touch briefly on the story of Palmerton in the next post, but on this day we were busy with town chores and meeting several new hikers. The neat thing about

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7/12/12 – 1244 miles One thing about the trail in the north is that you go by more towns. Sometimes the AT goes near a restaurant, and for a hungry hiker, it’s hard to pass them up. I was hiking with SimpleC and his girlfriend when we passed by Blue Mountain Summit Restaurant & BB,

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7/11/12 – 1211 miles I’m taking a zero day here in Port Clinton, PA. The rocks in northern PA. are very numerous and stick up at odd angles, giving the knees and ankles a workout. These mid-atlantic states are where we can make good mileage – building up a head-start into the mountains of New

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