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6/9/12 – 790 miles In the morning we hitched back to the trail. Kleenex was going to stop at the first shelter but I wanted to go on for a few more miles. When it doesn’t get dark until 9:00 pm, it’s hard to stop early. We split up at the trail head, Kleenex was

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6/3/12 – 707 miles The section of trail along the ridge near Catawba, VA, contains some of the most beautiful views on the AT. Maybe the most famous and surely the most photographed of all locations is McAfee Knob, a ledge protrusion high above the countryside surrounding Roanoak, VA. The hike today included many ridge

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6/3/12 667 mile The trail passed through several pastures, always involving the scramble over fence stiles on each end. The stiles are made from 2×4 lumber in an A shape, often placed at odd angles to the fence, sometimes constructed from lumber weathered and shaky, and always a challenge to negotiate with a backpack. The

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6/1/12 – 667 miles Sometimes during the day I would meet up with Kleenex and hike with her for a while, but sometimes people need space and time alone. This was one of those days. When you get used to walking alone for weeks at a time, the pressure of conversation and compromise of hiking

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/29/12 – 630 miles/29/12 – 630 miles It was 16 miles to Pearisburg, VA, my next resupply and rest stop. My first thought was to walk about 12 miles, find a campsite, and position myself for an early arrival into town the next day. The more I thought about it, it made more sense to

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5/28/12 – 613 miles Today was another hot one. It’s a good thing the trail is mostly in the woods, to be out in sun hiking would be unbearable. There were long stretches without any streams or springs so we have to be careful to carry extra water. I met a family hiking last night

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5/27/12 – 597 miles I slept in this morning. It was 8 am before I started hiking. The bad thing about being the first one on the trail in the morning is all the spider webs. It’s really annoying to get plastered across the face with sticky invisible threads every few yards so I usually

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5/26 – 575 miles Got an early start and was on the trail by 6:30. I didn’t have much energy today, the hiking was slow, maybe the heat and humidity had something to do with it. I’m at a shelter all by myself. There is a huge group just ahead hurrying to a hiker feed

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5/25/12 – 557 miles I didn’t leave Atkins until 9:00 am. The owner told me he would take me to the post office yesterday but I fell asleep in the afternoon and missed the ride, so I had to wait until it opened this morning. Atkins was not a good place to stop. The motel

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5/23/12 – 542 miles I’m at a road crossing near Atkins, VA. I needed a motel in the worst way. My laundry had almost two weeks of sweat and grime incrusted in it, I was beginning to smell like a Billy goat, and I’ve had a head cold and cough that beckoned a rest. The

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5/22/12 – 531 miles I got another early start today and walked 10 miles by 11:00 am. I really like the trail in Virginia so far, the grades are more gentle and there are long rolling sections through beautiful treed areas. The AT still likes to take you to the top of several mountains along

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5/21 – 511 miles I woke early to get a head start on the day. The outside of my tent was soaked with dew so I packed everything wet and headed out. The Grayson Highlands are a unique area, if you didn’t know better you would think you were in Wyoming. All the trees were

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5/20/12 – 495 miles I’ve stopped for the night at a campsite just north of Thomas Knob Shelter. I’m very close to the Grayson Highland State Park, famous for wild ponies and meadows of picturesque landscape. There are only two of us camped here. I’ve been leapfrog hiking with a young guy named Seminole .

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5/19/12 – 483 miles I left Damascus at 10:00 and continued my journey north. My pack was heavy with all the food and extra items I’m carrying. I need 5 days to reach Atkins, the next resupply, almost 70 miles and a brutal climb up Whitetop Mountain into the Grayson Highlands. The trail was familiar

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5/16-18–466 miles I enjoyed Trail Days in Damascus, VA, a lot more this year than last year. Last year I was just a spectator watching from the outside and this year I was part of the whole festival. It’s kind of like a reunion of sorts. You see all the people you’ve hiked with, some

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5/12 – 422 miles The weather is still nice. We hiked five miles and then took a side trail into Hampton, TN, where we resupplied at a Dollar General. Dollar Generals have everything a backpacker needs – a lot of junk food. It is almost impossable to eat healthy out here. We crave sweet things

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5/11 – 412 miles I found out that by wrapping my leg tight and landing on my toe going downhill the shin splint felt good during the day. As long as we did short miles each day, it didn’t get much better, but it didn’t get any worse either. And the terrain was cooperating, too.

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5/10 – 400.7 miles My leg was still sore in the morning but I took it easy and tried to walk slowly. We only did 8.8 miles to Mountaineer Shelter and spent the afternoon lounging in our tents. There was a waterfall near the shelter and I sat with my leg under the cold water

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5/8 5/9 – 392 miles In the morning my leg was sore but I assumed it would get better as I hiked and warmed up. Little did I know that it would turn into one of the most painful injuries I’ve ever had. We passed by Overmountain Shelter, a famous converted barn, but I was

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5/6/12 – 359 miles It was a nice walk from Erwin to the evening campsite. The mountains were still pretty serious but the trail was graded well and the weather was perfect. We ate lunch on top of a bald (a mountain meadow) called Beauty Spot that had views in all directions. There are a

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5/5/12 – 341 miles I’ve been wearing the same clothes for five days. When I peal off my socks my feet look like I’ve been walking on mud. And the smell… let’s just say there’s no way to describe it. I’m not sure you could call me a mountain man but I know a little

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5/4/12 – 335 miles. We are camped 6 miles south of Erwin, TN. It’s a good thing I will be in town tomorrow, I only have two Rice Krispy treats left in my food bag. What I thought was was enough food for seven days was gone in four. My appetite is getting stronger all

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5/3/12 – 321 miles It is my one month anniversary today and to celebrate I hiked 21 miles. It was not easy. I am really tired and sore. We have been planning the days so that the resupply into Erwin, TN will come with a few easy miles in the morning. That gives us the

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5/2/12 – 300 miles. I have a blister on my heal. It feels like a tack in my shoe every time I step. Everyone says to puncture it with a needle but I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do. I don’t want to get it infected. Today was another hot one. My thermometer

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5/1/12 – 285 miles I left Hot Springs with 7 days of food. The next supply town, Erwin TN, is almost 70 miles by trail, and I wanted to have a little surplus in case it took me longer than I expected. With the extra weight and scorching heat of the day, I felt exhausted

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