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7/7/12 – 1175 miles At present I’m not carrying many extra clothes. In warm weather, all you need is two shirts and two pairs of shorts. One pair I always keep clean so that I have something clean to put on in town after I take a shower. I have three pairs of socks that

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7/6/12 – 1159 miles There have been some questions about the gear I’ve been using. It’s still a work in progress but here are some details on what I carry and why. My pack at the present time weighs about 22 pounds base weight. That means that with no food and water I’m one of

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7/5/12 – 1140 miles I’m at a place called the Doyle Hotel in Duncannon, PA. It’s kind of dirty, kind of ancient and run-down, kind of a fire-trap, but it is a thruhiker tradition to stay here. For $26 you get a room and a shared bath, shuttle to town, and an amazing cheeseburger at

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7/4/12 – 1137 miles First, I just want to say what a great time I had when Nate and Karen joined me on my hike. I think we did too many miles for our section hike – it would have been more enjoyable for them to take it easy and avoid blisters. I’m pretty sure

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July 4th As we were getting settled in our tent on the last night, Nate turned to me and said, “Grandpa sure kicked our butt today, didn’t he?”. I laughed and responded, “Indeed he did, indeed he did.”  It’s humbling but oh so cool to have your butt kicked by your 63 year old dad or grandpa

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July 2 BLISTERSWe broke camp early as we had planned a long day. We hiked hard and after 10 miles reached Pine Grove Furnace Park around noon.  There is a hiker challenge at the concession stand in the park. The challenge is to eat an entire 1/2 gallon of ice cream in one sitting. I’m

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July 1 It was a beautiful day today, 94 degrees and pure sun. Most of the trail has been shaded so it was tolerable. I’ve found my hiking legs so I’m not quite as sore every wear. Gram, we decided that since you’ve  read Bryson’s book, you are now an honorary soggy shoe hiker! Welcome to the club.

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June 30th The day started out great. We got to catch up with all dads stories as we peppered him with questions about the AT experience. The first 10 miles of hiking were hot but manageable. Feeling cocky,  we decided to push on to the next shelter 5 additional miles away.  Ahead on the trailed

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June 29th – Pen Mar Park, PA “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”  FDR I agree with that quote but I’d also like to give honorable mention to bears, snakes, and disappearing food bags.  The one thought that has me most nervous about our 55+ mile adventure  is this…that I will

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6/27/12 – 1028 miles Trust is one of the major attributed connected to the AT. I have never worried about a thruhiker taking any of my things or mistreating me in any way. Every once in a while something happens on the trail to remind us that, even though our community of hikers is strong,

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6/26/12 – 1028 miles I left Harpers Ferry about 10:00 am, crossed the Potomac River, and walked the C&O Canal Towpath into Maryland. Blue Sky was on the motel computer as I left and told me he would be along soon. I had a short day planned so I walked along slowly enjoying the morning.

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6/25/12 – 1017 miles One thousand miles. Two and a half million steps. Its amazing what the human body can do. I was up first at the hostel and made myself coffee and pancakes. It was 21 miles into Harpers Ferry but I knew I could make it easily. I was almost past the roller

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6/24/12 – 997 miles You may not believe this but I swear it’s true. There are pop-up rocks on the trail. Most of the time they lay flat on the ground, but just as you step over them, they pop up, catch your toe and send you into an uncontrolled, stumbling run down the trail.

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6/23/12 – 979 miles The motel provides a free shuttle back to the trail so I didn’t have to worry about hitch hiking this morning. It was 8:30 by the time I got back on the AT, later than I like to start but still earlier than many other hikers get going. At least the

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Don’t be worried if I don’t answer your questions, I rarely answer any questions. I tried to email you but your address must be wrong. All I can tell you is nobody you know but Blue Sky is still on the trail. I see no posts from Metric, Sticks, Knife, Gabe, John in the registe

 
 
 
 
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6/19/12 – 937 miles When I used to read hikers journals I always thought that they were too obsessed with food. I couldn’t understand it and I vowed not to be like that if I ever became a thruhiker. I’m sorry that I keep bringing it up, uh you know what would taste good? …cheeseburger…milkshakes

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6/17/12 – 910 miles Today I hit the 900 mile mark. It sometimes doesn’t seem real to me that I’ve walled almost 1000 miles. In some ways it feels like I’ve been out here a long time, and then again, it seem like I’ve just started. The AT crosses Skyline Drive many times as it

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6/16/12 – 889 miles Day two in SNP brought more beautiful weather and smooth trail. It’s so nice to have rock-free paths and gentle climbs. I walked most of the day with Lucky10 – we seem to have a similar pace – and before long it turned into a twenty mile day. The thing about

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6/15/12 – 868 miles I called a shuttle about 9:00 this morning and was picked up by a real nice lady and taken to the boundary of Shenandoah National Park. I’m the first to leave town. Comma-Kaze and Blue Sky were still doing errands – going to the post office and library – and would

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6/14/12 – Waynesboro Bill Bryson was right, don’t try to go anywhere in Waynesboro without the aid of metal. With plenty of time, nothing to do, and good weather, I decided to walk a couple of miles to a cinema outside of town and see the new movie Prometheus. I only got about a mile

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6/13/12 – 856 miles Everyone at the shelter was up early. I packed my tent in the predawn darkness and made my way to the shelter to find Sicilian Gypsy and Kleenex both up and packing their things. It was 21 miles into Waynesboro and we knew it would be a long day. I hiked

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6/10/12 – 814 miles Feet do not like to walk 24 miles. Physically, I felt good, it seemed like I could walk on forever but my feet said enough. After twenty miles of walking, my body enters a state of euphoria where it seems like my head is floating somewhere over the trail, detached but

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