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#2300994 - 07/11/14 06:45 AM OT - Going Hiking  
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I'm finishing up my week at Summerkeys now - having a great time. Then my wife will drop me off at Mount Katahdin and I will walk back to Georgia - I hope!

Follow my adventure here:
http://www.trailjournals.com/forrest14/

I will miss playing the piano - hopefully I can get back up to speed fairly quickly when I get home in 5 or 6 months.

There probably won't be anything profound in my journal, but if I know people are watching, I won't be as likely to give up and go home!

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#2301000 - 07/11/14 07:28 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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could you not get a hiking piano lol

5 to 6 months is a long time, are you wild camping along the way?


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You mean, from Mount Katahdin in Maine to middle of Georgia?? That's about 2000 miles? Wow, you took half a year off from work?

What kind of route do you take? Hills or mainly flat?

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There probably won't be anything profound in my journal, but if I know people are watching, I won't be as likely to give up and go home!


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Sam you have my profound admiration in doing this, repeatedly no less. Looking forward to your journal. I once hiked (really just walked) 185 miles and thought it was a big deal. Of course this was 20 or so years ago. Now I do 3-4 miles per day. smile

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#2301012 - 07/11/14 08:24 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Sorry, I should have given a little more info. It's the Appalachian Trail, 2185 miles. I'm going southbound, Maine to Georgia. Hope to done by Christmas. I hike and camp, but get off the trail every 5-7 days to resupply.

Sam

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Have a great thru-hike, Sam. I have always wanted to do it, having hiked bits and pieces of the AT many years ago. What trail name are you adopting?

Who knows, maybe you'll encounter a "trail angel" with a piano!!



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Awesome, Sam S. Best wishes for a great hike!

I took two weeks off this summer for fishing in Montana. When I got back, I was very rusty at the piano. The first three days were very rough and I was disheartened. But my fingers started coming back first, then my memory. In a little over a week, I was back to where I was before the trip.

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I bookmarked you, Sam, and put it right next to my "walking tour" dream site so you'll keep me up for doing it!

I love reading journals, so I'm so glad you're doing it. A friend of mine, before there were online journals, did a long walk in middle America and then published her journal and I read it avidly. Then another friend more recently did a car/camp tour and I followed her for awhile. When I did my long trip in '89 I kept a journal, and sent friends post cards from every stop. One family posted them on a map of the US so their 4-year-old could keep track smile At some point I should finish collating the stuff from that journal. Online seems like a great way to keep it simple but regularly.

Have a great adventure! And thanks so much for letting us share it with the link.

Cathy


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I know a professional cellist who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (2600 miles from Mexico to Canadian border). Some of his internet cello friends (including me) took our cellos to him at various points where the trail nears roadways so he could play. I drove over an hour to meet him near Santa Clarita in Agua Dulce. For my trouble I got a hamburger and a fascinating look into trail culture and the support system that aids the hikers of which I am an official "Trail Angel".

Have a safe trip Sam. Know that your piano friends are with you. Personally I look forward to following your blog.

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Good luck, Sam. It'll be fun. Never been on the AT, but have backpacked and peakbagged in the Sierra and along the PCT for a long time.

Don't worry about piano, though. You'll be amazed at the places you'll find one just sitting around. When doing the John Muir Trail a couple of years ago I spent some time on one in Red's Meadow. Last year, I played Bach on a piano in a Death Valley ghost town that probably hadn't been tuned, or regulated, in over a century. The action was a little rough.

What are you using for a pack? My girlfriend and I really like the ULA Circuit. Light, but rugged enough and carries really well. Are you going alcohol, canister, or stoveless?


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#2301083 - 07/11/14 11:31 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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I wits you the best on your 6 month journey - hopefully there isn't much snow and ice this year on the toughest mile part in NH. That's a wonderful picture with your brother on the journal.

There are a lot of magical places on the AT. I always loved the part in Hanover, NH, where you'd slip around the back corner of a baseball field, and suddenly were in a completely different world.

If you still need any PW computer volunteers for anything, I'd be happy to help.

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#2301087 - 07/11/14 11:34 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Sam, this is fantastic!

My father was a devoted hiker, and some of my fondest memories are of the hikes we took when I was a kid. He always dreamed of walking the AT, talked about it all the time. Sadly, he passed away in 1954, dream unfulfilled. In fact, I don't think he ever got more than 100 miles from home in his whole life. Different world, then.

It is inspiring to realize that after all these years, someone is living out his dream!

Good luck to you!

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What an adventure!!!! I am in awe. Best of luck to you, Sam on your journey. I know many people who dream of doing this. Few actually do it. So, Kudos to you!!! Don't worry. Your piano will welcome you home!


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Have a great time through-walking the AT. I've got a coworker here who did 30 days on the PCT last September (starting up north and working his way South.) I personally do a lot of hiking/backpacking, but I'm not a long-distance walker.


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Originally Posted by Plowboy

Last year, I played Bach on a piano in a Death Valley ghost town that probably hadn't been tuned, or regulated, in over a century. The action was a little rough.


That would be fun to hear. You should have recorded it.


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#2301314 - 07/11/14 10:12 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Sam: Glad to hear you had a great time at SummerKeys! Have a great, safe hiking trip! How wonderful and lucky of you to be able to do that!

(I came back from Lubec with a weekend stay in Boston and arrived home literally a quarter to midnight on Sunday, and had to work the next day--couldn't avoid it, as our office was having a 4-hour training that Monday.)

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Sam, This is good news for me, the fellow I was following in Trail Journals had to leave the trail in New York (NBound) last week because of knee problems. Now I'll be able to follow you. Here's a tune to start your journey: http://youtu.be/4rEJmkUmJlE Good luck, have fun Fred


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Wow, that's one heck of a walk Sam!

Best wishes - stay safe!

I will look forward to reading you updates - you're in my favourites!

Take care!!!!!



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That's a pretty long walk, Sam, but I'm sure you will enjoy the trip!

Be careful, and watch out for snakes, bears and extra terrestrials. laugh

All the best!

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#2301533 - 07/12/14 01:25 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Have a good time!

I've hiked some of the AT in New England, many years ago. The full Katahdin-to-Georgia trip should be wonderful.

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#2302667 - 07/15/14 04:45 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Looking forward to reading your journal, Sam! Ever since reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson I've had renewed respect for you thru-hikers. I personally don't have what it takes to give up a comfortable mattress and flush toilet for that long! laugh


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Here's a coincidence... I just read today that they're making a movie of "A walk in the woods", starring Nick Nolte and Robert Redford. ha


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Sam apparently didn't want to tell yet that he's a movie star smile


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Thanks everyone for your well-wishes. I started on the 12th and have now completed the first major hurdle - the "100 mile wilderness" in Maine. I added a bunch of entries Nd photos to my trail journal (link in my signature). I have to do all this from my phone, so I can't respond to everyone, but thanks!

Sam

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Thanks, Sam! I've been checking in every day on your journal, and just finished reading the pre-hike pieces, so your timing is impeccable! Thanks for letting us go along -

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Best wishes Sam!


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You go, Sam! Enjoyed your new journal entries... especially the beautiful pictures.


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Ohmigosh. My feet hurt just reading Sam's journal! laugh What a terrific adventure. ...but one I'm happy to enjoy vicariously.



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Ohmigosh. My feet hurt just reading Sam's journal! laugh What a terrific adventure. ...but one I'm happy to enjoy vicariously.



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Oh SAM ...

I hope you are Ok. I see no journal entry since Sunday. I truly hope you are just resting your feet and haven't been hurt or something. eek


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I don't think he is able to post his journal daily. That's all.


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Hello Sam,

I have and will continue to follow with much interest. Clearly, you are not a newbie to this. It is very inspirational. Next time I start whining on my second K of a two kilometer canoe portage, I'll be thinking of you and ... I will stop whining.

A very nice tribute to your Brother. Stay safe and best wishes for a great journey.


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I've made it to Stratton Maine, 188 miles more or less. Only about 2000 miles left to go!

Uploaded more journal entries tonight. Cell phone access has been really bad, so sometimes updates will come in batches.

Its great that people are interested! It gives me incentive to keep going!

Sam

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Have read your journal entries with great interest and you have got me started looking into ultralight equipment!

How is the hammock holding up? From what I've read the Warbonnet is pretty comfy!

Is there plenty of water available or are you having to carry quite a lot? Average pack weight?

Feel free to respond to this after you get back to Georgia!

Best wishes.


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I'm following your journal Sam, it's great!


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Originally Posted by Monica K.
Looking forward to reading your journal, Sam! Ever since reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson I've had renewed respect for you thru-hikers.


Hey Sam - I second both above sentiments - "A Walk in the Woods" was both instructive and hilarious - read it several years ago -

My wife and I went biking at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in south central PA recently and met & talked with a group of hikers at the General Store there who were doing the A.T., which cuts right thru the park - we also talked with a "Ridge Runner", one of those who more or less patrol the trail along the way - he had some very interesting stories to tell...

I admire greatly what you're doing - I used to do triathlons and marathons, but they're a piece of baklava compared to what you're attempting - Good Luck!


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Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I've made it to Andover, Maine. I'm a little tired (really?), so will take my second zero day (no hiking). I updated the trail journal.

I miss my piano!

Sam

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Wow, Sam S!
What an adventure! You are an hero!
Looking forward to read your updates thumb


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Thank you again, Sam - I check in every day to see if there's news.

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Made it out of Maine finally - about 300 miles to Gorham, NH.

Updated the journal - thanks for reading!

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Good for you, Sam! Shake that Maine dust off your feet! Onward!

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Great job, Sam. An auspicious start to an epic hike!



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Sam - above I mentioned that the AT goes right thru Pine Grove Furnace State Park in south central PA - I forgot to mention that there's a hostel there - don't know how accomodating it is (probably typical) but it is a large building with a roof and 4 walls! Also, the General Store there has great ice cream!

But you more than likely know all this already from your research...

Take care, and watch out for vicious critters (both 4 legged and 2 legged).

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Hi Sam,

I am enjoying the journal. As someone who is "trapped" in Sweden on the other side of the Atlantic - not really trapped, I'm just not up to long haul flights anymore - it is refreshing to read.

I'm sure you'll be fine when you get back to your piano. Life needs mixture and variety, not all as only pianistic pursuits.

Keep the entries coming . . .

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Originally Posted by TrapperJohn
Take care, and watch out for vicious critters (both 4 legged and 2 legged).

And also the no legs variety! I've had one or two close calls with snakes nestled up against the other side of fallen trees in U.S. national parks. It is very important to look in such places before one steps over!

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Congratulations, Sam, on completing the first state on your journey. That is so awesome! I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures in New Hampshire.


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Your trek sounds like a lifetime dream. Stay safe and send us pictures and words of wisdom of course.
Just reading about your plan makes me want to get out hiking...used to hike the Rockies years ago.
You're an inspiration.


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Hi Sam,

I just got caught up with your last (6 Aug) post! Wow, what an adventure.
I'm enjoying reading about it, but I sure wouldn't be up for doing it!

I can see that it is tough on both you and Laurie to be apart for this long - particularly as you know it will be for several more months. I hope that you get a good amount of face-time in to help with this part of the trip!
I also hope Laurie is doing well.

I am enjoying learning about the traditions and terminology of the trail - and hearing about the people you are meeting and walking with.

Sounds like things are going pretty smoothly!

Wishing you all the best and hoping that it contues that way!!!


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Sam thanks for taking us along with you. I don't know how you do it.

It helps to know that you have a lot of PW friends cheering you on.

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your hike.

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There's more posts!

Sam, even I'm missing Wrinkles, and I don't know him! I hope he's ok, even tho he's probably far enough behind that you won't run in to him again.

And I hope the wind dies down!

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Thanks everybody! I made it to Franconia Notch, NH. Actually just Mt Lafayette, since the bad weather knocked me down. Will take a day off and resume Friday.

Thanks for reading!

Sam

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Hi Sam
I've just read your whole journal this week - what an adventure! I'm keen to do some multiday hikes in my future, but I don't think I'll ever take on something as challenging as this.

I do "get" your moral dilemma. If you were doing a section it probably wouldn't matter so much to you. But when your challenge is to complete the entire AT, can you accept leaving out a few miles of it? To me by the way, you will clearly have "done" the AT even if you miss a few trail miles in this way, but I totally understand that you might not want a shred of ambiguity about it.

A few years ago I was travelling overland through Patagonia by truck with a group. The area we were travelling through was pretty desolate and very sparsely populated. On the third day travelling this empty road (camping wild at night), we saw a speck in the dust on the horizon. As we got nearer, it became two specks, and then two people. When we were just behind them, one of the guys stuck out his thumb and we stopped to offer a lift. One of the guys got on, the other did not.
It turned out, they were two French guys who had been walking from the very southern tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego and were aiming for the northernmost tip at the Darien Gap. One of them was so fed up of walking through empty, dusty, windy scrubland that he decided to hop on our truck for 10k and camp with us that night. But the other one was determined to walk the whole route and would not take a lift.
A few hours later, the more determined walker arrived into our camp pretty disgusted with his buddy for wimping out and accepting a lift. I never heard if they made it to their goal...


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I loved your King James parody, Sam. laugh

I agree with your decision to do the third option with the full pack. You don't want that asterisk haunting you years from now.



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I vote for option 3 Sam (which is easy enough for me since I'm not hiking) but I think you're right about later remembering...

I forgot to mention that the AT Museum is also located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in PA - you'll find much of interest here, including some info about Earl Shaffer who was from this area and who - as you probably already know - was the 1st person to hike the entire trail in a single hike - this was way back in 1948 (when it was actually a tough trek to do laugh ).

Persevere!

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I made it to Hanover, NH. 442 miles so far - just need to cross the river and I'll be in my 3rd state - VT.

Tomorrow I take a day off and go in search of a piano to play. Surely I can find one in a college town...

Sam

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You are a bit north of me, Sam. But I would welcome you to come play my Mason & Hamlin. I'm on the coast just south of Portsmouth. Too far? Probably if you are on foot.

Happy hiking!!


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I was so relieved to hear that Wrinkles is still on the go. Congratulations on getting thru the tough part - you've earned some downhill/flat stuff smile

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Heck, I'm relieved to hear that SAM is still on the go! I was worried about that leg injury. frown Glad to hear that the trails are getting flatter and easier. thumb


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Keep trucking, Sam. Good luck finding a piano.

I leave next week for Stehekin and going to hike to Manning Park with a friend who is finishing the PCT.

When you get ready for the PCT, you'll have to drop me a line. But one trail at a time!


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This is my DREAM in a few years! Except I want to go NOBO from past the difficult part at the south. With my young son. I don't know if it will ever get done, but it's cool to hear about others hiking it. I know piano is at the top of the list of things I'd miss! I'm taking a week long break from it at the moment, and it's driving me nuts.

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Sam - glad you found a piano at Dartmouth - my wife & I drove thru Hanover when we vacationed in & explored NH several years ago - lovely little college town - I read later that it was rated by someone or other as one of the best places to live in America - can't go wrong in a state without a sales tax or an income tax, especially one whose motto is "Live Free or Die"!

But why did you take sheet music - I thought you had all of your Recital pieces memorized laugh

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Sam - I read this morning that Laurie's cat Fidget died frown I'm so sorry. Please pass on my condolences.

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Originally Posted by jotur
Sam - I read this morning that Laurie's cat Fidget died frown I'm so sorry. Please pass on my condolences.

Cathy


Thanks Cathy. The loss of a pet is tough enough without having to deal with it without me around to help. But we are coping. I've made it about 500 miles and halfway through Vermont and will regroup today and continue on south tomorrow.

Sam

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A quote from Sam's Sept 1 blog - " there's always something." Amen, eh? laugh But, wow! 600 miles! Congratulations, Sam!

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Hope you're having a good time, Sam.
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Thanks everyone. I made it to Massachusetts. Next state: Connecticut. The New England states are starting to roll by!

Sam

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Hey Sam - I was shooting some trap at a gun club near Carlisle, PA (another beautiful, little college town - Dickinson U.) when I noticed a sign nearby locating the presence of the AT - maybe I'll see you walk out of the woods just as I dust off another clay pigeon one of these days - if you hear a lot of shotgun fire you'll know where you're at - and if I spot you I'll meet & greet you and take you to lunch at a tavern of your choice!


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Thanks Trapper. The AT is usually pretty inconspicuous. Its just a footpath after all. When people see it for the first time, leading off into the woods, they are usually not impressed. But a footpath that goes from Maine to Georgia, even if it is only one person wide, is pretty impressive.

Anyway, I've made it to Connecticut! Journal updated, and I'm headed to NY next.

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I swear, Sam, sometimes when you say something like "I twisted my ankle" my heart's in my mouth wondering if you're going to get to keep going. I'm impressed! And I'd love to be Maria McCabe some day smile

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Originally Posted by jotur
I swear, Sam, sometimes when you say something like "I twisted my ankle" my heart's in my mouth wondering if you're going to get to keep going. I'm impressed! And I'd love to be Maria McCabe some day smile

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Made it to Bear Mt NY. Over 1/3 done now, almost 800 miles. I walked through the ankle/shin problems, more or less.

85 year old Maria was quite the character! She had outlived 2 husbands and was joking about looking for #3!

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very impressive, sounds straightforward enough but I appreciate the hardships and the sheet commmitment


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I'm still enjoying each and every journal update, Sam.

Hoping the zero yesterday eases the various aches and pains. You're a little ahead (south) of the foliage change, but that and other signs of Fall should catch up to you pretty soon.

Today you are probably going through NY's Harriman State Park, the part of the trail I hiked as a boy. I have so many memories of that section.

Onward to Harper's ferry. thumb


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Hey, you are in my neck of the woods now. I live in New Jersey, but very close to the Bear Mountain area. I've gone over that bridge many times.

Love following your hiking journal!


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My neck of the woods too. The AT goes near a glacial lake called Sunfish Pond about 6 or 7 miles north of the Delaware Water Gap. I used to hike up there in my college days and camp out by that pond. It's a really nice spot. Anyway, thanks for posting this. Best of luck and keep it going!


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Wow! A couple of days at 18, 18+ miles! That's packing them on. I loved the picture of NYC smile

Yeah, I hope the water stuff turns around soon. Having to pack a lot of must be a pain. That stuff's heavy!

Take care - it's getting in to fall now. Have you seen much in colored leaves?

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Still following your "walk in the woods" Sam...wishing you the best...hope your health, strength and determination remain steady ...if I were younger I might be wishing I were doing this too, but this is one time I'm glad I'm not younger...


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In Port Clinton PA now, at mile 971. Hoping to get to halfway in Harpers Ferry WV by 2nd week of Oct. All I do is walk, eat, sleep...

Journal should be caught up now. Thanks for following along!

Sam

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At your rate you'll be >1000 miles in a couple of days! How cool. well, except that late opening post office frown Any way, I expect to hear the celebratory fireworks clear to here in Santa Fe smile Or are you saving those till the end?

Do you think it will be hard to come back to "civilasation" when you're done? Even just the 3 months of car camping I did in '89 made it hard to live in a building again.

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Great to read your continued adventures. I can't believe you are almost halfway!

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Originally Posted by jotur
At your rate you'll be >1000 miles in a couple of days! How cool. well, except that late opening post office frown Any way, I expect to hear the celebratory fireworks clear to here in Santa Fe smile Or are you saving those till the end?

Do you think it will be hard to come back to "civilasation" when you're done? Even just the 3 months of car camping I did in '89 made it hard to live in a building again.

Cathy


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I believe it smile

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I've just caught up on the last couple of weeks - and even though I had read this thread first and knew you were alright, I was worried about your ankle - and then that nasty cut! ouch!!!

Wishing you well for the second half of your journey!


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I made it to Duncannon PA - about 1042 miles. Next goal is to meet Laurie in Harpers Ferry, the traditional halfway point. Can't wait!

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Woot! > 1000 miles! Actually, with this, the 1092, and Harper's Ferry all coming up in quick time, it seems like a great week to celebrate.

And I was glad to hear about Wrinkles. I was kinda worried laugh

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Hey Sam - we haven't had an update since 9/29 - where are you & how are you doing? Did you find the Doyle Hotel so congenial that you decided to hunker down there for awhile? laugh

Did you make it to Pine Grove Furnace State Park?


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>Duncannon PA - about 1042 miles

Still going well! Congratulations for making it already halfway. Time is going quick here... How about there?


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Way to go, Forrest!! thumb

Congrats on making it to Harper's Ferry, some much-needed rest, and a few days with Laurie. And you even took time for a little piano practice...outstanding! thumb



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Hey Sam - congrats on the reunion at Harper's ferry - but who's this guy Forrest your wife is all excited about? laugh


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OT = off topic. This thread has extremely little piano-related content.

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Good news - I'm in Virginia. Bad news- there's 500 miles of trail in Virginia, so I will be here for awhile. Good news - its beautiful here!

Finished Shenandoah National Park and updated journal, but photo upload is not working...

Thanks for reading!

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Originally Posted by Sam S
... there's 500 miles of trail in Virginia, so I will be here for awhile.


Hi Sam, nice to hear from you here. I was about to write to you (well comment here that is) right around the time Bob the dog ate the little girls frog. You were approaching half way then, so thought I'd wait for the big milestone. I have not stayed current day by day, but do get caught up every couple of weeks.

The journal and pictures are amazing thumb . Virginia will be a nice one for you to conquer thumb . You are doing amazing. thumb . Keep going.

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Sam, what a fantastic adventure. I don't know how you handle the time away from the piano. On my bucket list is a ride across the USA on my recumbent trike, but for now I'll live vicariously through you.



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It was great to read your updated entries today, Sam. After 10 days I'd begun worrying you had a problem of some kind....other than the ones you face every day. Hoping your foot feels better soon. thumb

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It was great to read your updated entries today, Sam. After 10 days I'd begun worrying you had a problem of some kind....other than the ones you face every day. Hoping your foot feels better soon. thumb

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+1 I was beginning to wonder, too. But updates were great. I even began to wonder if I'm going to miss it when you're done laugh I so admire it when you get up and go in the rain, and I think it's cool that the equipment manufacturer is helping you get your tarp fixed. Nothing puts a damper on things - smile - like a leaky tarp.

Take care and have a great trip thru all those new kinds of trees.

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Made it to the 2/3 point - 1460 miles in Daleville, VA. Taking a day off to get chores done and rest the foot.

Sorry I can't do updates daily - I reserve battery power to call home and to listen to audiobooks and music courses. I think I have listened to every classical music class from the great courses now at least once. I get them from Audible.com. So the updates happen when I get wifi in town and can charge the phone.

Thanks for reading!

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Sam,

Seven more days in my comfy, pampered cocoon, while you are out on the trail doing yet another 120 miles in the ECW....love the acronym. Your description of the beauty of the wilderness area was really touching.

Just awesome!



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Hope you aren't getting buried in that freak snowstorm blowing across the south the last couple of days Sam - my wife & I just came through this area on our way back from Hilton Head Island and Virginia & western NC are beautiful but it's hard to tell under a foot or more of snow...hope you brought your snowshoes along!


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Wow, I hope not, too! Guess the next time he posts he'll be coming in from the cold, like in some spy novel smile

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Its not supposed to snow on Halloween! Trick or treat! Updated the journal. Yes, I got about 3" above 4000 feet in SW Virginia. That's plenty - at least it was walkable. A wet heavy snow, but very pretty - there are photos in the 11/1 and 11/2 entries. But I survived and made it to Pearisburg. Headed back out in the morning, hoping it melts tomorrow.

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Well, it's supposed to snow "here" on Halloween - it's traditional - but all we got is rain. The mountains may have fresh snow, tho. Glad you made it out intact!

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Oh dear. Sick! What a downer. I was relieved to hear you had made it to town, too. Jeez, I hope it goes away fast. What stamina you have. My best wishes to you.

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Thanks Cathy. I'm so glad I made it to a motel in time. Its not much of a motel, but 4 walls, heat, and a flush toilet can be wonderful when you are sick.

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Sam, I'm glad you're safe in a motel while you're sick. I hope you can get someone to help you out with getting food (though I suppose you don't feel much like eating. )

Your wife must be worried about you!-

Take care, get lots of sleep!
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Hey, everybody! Send good thoughts to Sam! He's having a sick patch, and it's no fun!

Thanks for checking in, Sam, after you got back on the trail. I'm sorry it's more complicated than we might have hoped. Maybe you'll just miss all the cold air coming in, and when you get back on the trail you'll have fine weather to the end!

We can always hope.

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Sam, here is my version of soup for you...

You are an incredibly driven guy. Factually.

From the piano rebuild, to the effort you put into the recital index, and now with your drive and commitment you are putting into this incredible trek. You're an incredibly driven guy.

I find that an admirable quality in a person as they can achieve so much with this inner drive. And you clearly have it, and are doing good things with it.

And that's why I have high respect for you.

So as Cathy said, Take double care.




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Sam,

So glad you were able to get back to town and a doc quickly...we have all been worried about you. Ironic that after four months of braving the wet, the cold, the wind, the dicey water sources, all the physical and mental challenges, it would be a brush with civilization (that trail magic cooler) that might have laid you low.

Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Aw Sam, sending you positive thoughts from across the Atlantic! It's such an amazing achievement to have travelled the distance you have. I hope you're feeling better soon.







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Sam, I hope it will be better soon!
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Get well soon Sam - and hopefully back on the trail. Remember, you're heading south, so it's all downhill from here... smile


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I played my own piano today! I got on a greyhound bus yesterday and went home to recuperate from the virus. Its a definite advantage to be hiking home, since its getting easier to get help from home, or to go home if I need to.

The plan now is to get back on the trail this weekend and head south again. Hopefully this is just a little bump in the road.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments and positive thoughts! They are really appreciated and help to keep my spirits up.

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Sam, I'm glad you decided to take a (very hopefully) quick break. Rapid weight loss obviously needs to be taken seriously and I hope you are able to finish your journey without further illness once you are ready to resume it!


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Sam, it's nice to know that you are recovering at home. Take your time!


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That's great, Sam. Get some well-deserved rest. Hopefully your bug will go away quickly so you have a chance to pig-out on some homemade cooking a bit before returning to your usual diet of gorp, etc.

Dang, Sam, if you're up to it, there's still time for you to submit to the recital while you're home! Now, that would be a feat no one will ever match.... walk 1200 miles and then record a piece for the ABF recital, then go out and walk 800 more.


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Glad to hear a voice of reason came to you Sam. Be well soon and I'll keep you in my prayers for a quick recovery and strength to finish up your trek. Don't rush it either, the AT isn't going anywhere soon. grin


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So glad you're safe at home recuperating! Get well soon and good luck with finishing your amazing walk!



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Clearly, home is the place to be right now that you are sick. Hope you are better soon! Hope the big arctic blast doesn't get that far south that it affects the rest of your adventure. Best wishes to you, Sam. Sure hope you are back on your feet soon.


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Glad to hear you're on the mend and have some up time. Hope it's all gone by the weekend and the weather eases up for you.

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Sam,

It is great to hear you are getting back on the trail, well-fed, and well-rested. Now we need a nice warm spell after this last arctic blast. thumb


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Stay warm, Sam! I was reading about the next cold front online today and thinking of you. Hopefully it won't come too far south!


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Bbbbrrrrrr!!!!

Congratulations on less than 500 miles to go!

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Bbbbrrrrrr!!!!

Congratulations on less than 500 miles to go!

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Wow! Stay warm!

(is anyone else thinking of the Proclaimers' song "And I would walk 500 miles...." smile



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Brrr indeed! Glad to hear you are feeling better and back on the trail, but wishing the weather was a bit kinder for your return.
Less than 500 miles to go - everything is relative I guess, because I find myself thinking "only" 500 miles, and yet what a huge distance that is.
Jenny in Lazy Fox B&B sounds like exactly the sort of person you want to be running establishments along the trail, I'm glad she looked after you well when everything in town was closed.
Good luck Sam, stay warm and stay strong!

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Sam,

Hoping Thanksgiving finds you safe and warm, with a nice meal and good company (be it with friends and family or with the trees and mountains on the trail). Also hoping that 8 days since your last update means you are busy putting on some miles through this last cold snap.

Stay safe.

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Sam - stay safe warm and I also wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Hope you are somewhere where you can have a good Thanksgiving Dinner.


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Thanks for the good wishes. Survived the latest snowstorm. I'm in Erwin TN, over 1800 miles now, only 341.5 to go. Will update journal tomorrow.

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Take care, winter weather warnings in place for the mountains of East Tennessee tonight and tomorrow.
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Wow, Sam, with luck it looks like you'll be home for Christmas! I do hope it stays warmer for you these last few days - you deserve a great home stretch.

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Soggy shoes must be a real pain. Glad you got your laundry done. Hope the pack isn't too heavy tomorrow. Eat more? It will be great to be on trails you know well.


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So glad you're feeling better -and you're certainly going strong!
I've just caught up with your journal, from when you went home to recover from the tummy bug. I am beyond impressed with this endeavour of yours!

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Less than 300 to go! Each day's progress makes a noticeable dent now, doesn't it!?
Good luck Sam, stay strong!

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Sam, I was impressed with you when you started this venture. But now, after seeing all those photos of you hiking 20 miles a day in the deep snow, I'm ready to nominate you for super-hero status. wow

Congratulations on your perseverance and stamina!


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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement evryone. I'm at 2048 miles now with just 137.3 miles to go. Weather permitting I should be done in 8 more days, and can start playing piano again!

Sam

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Wishing you well, Sam, on this tail end of your journey!! I sure hope you are not being rained on like we are getting up here. I don't know how far south this storm extends. This is a tremendous accomplishment! I hope there will be a party for you at the end! Or at least, a nice long hot bath!!


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I was looking forward to this update. I'm glad your re-supply plan worked - what a lot of planning you've done for this 5 month hike! Hope this new snow is easier than the ones you've been thru already. It's the home stretch now!

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement evryone. I'm at 2048 miles now with just 137.3 miles to go. Weather permitting I should be done in 8 more days, and can start playing piano again!


Amazing Sam! Hope these last few days go well!

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement evryone. I'm at 2048 miles now with just 137.3 miles to go. Weather permitting I should be done in 8 more days, and can start playing piano again!

Sam


Play the piano? As we all know that's a very difficult challenge Sam. You might be better off if you turned around - transforming from a SOBO to a NOBO - and headed for Maine now! wink

But if for some inexplicable reason you decide not to - good luck with piano and congratulations! Well done!



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I have made it to the 14th and final state of the trail - Georgia. Only 4 more days left!

Sam

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Where is the "like" button???!!!!


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Originally Posted by Sam S
I have made it to the 14th and final state of the trail - Georgia. Only 4 more days left!

Sam


And now... 3!

Wow ----- what an amazing journey!
Stay safe!!!


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Yea, Sam!

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Well done, Sam. You are amazing. Congratulations.

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Congratulations!!!! Sam. You did it, hope you have a bottle of champagne to open and celebrate.

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Sam is 31.7 miles from home! He should be there Wednesday. Woot!

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Fantastic!!!! A tremendous accomplishment!!!


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Awesome! I've been following his trail journal since the beginning. What an achievement!


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Wow he's almost there! I'll turn up the heater already smile Or is he there already?


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This is GREAT!!!


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Wow!!!! I hope there is a video of him coming off the trail!

Way to go Sam!


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Sam, you are incredible. Besides the awesome feat of hiking the entire length of the AT, your journal and the accompanying pictures have given us all a facinating peek into the experience. Many of those pictures are also fantastic. My latest favorite is the one found here, Looking into Georgia.

I can't imagine what it is going to feel like for you when you finish tomorrow. Well done, sir.


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All done! Updated the journal and will sum up once I catch my breath.

Thanks for the positive thoughts - it meant a lot that there were people pulling for me on my hike. Not sure I could have gotten back on trail after I got sick if I hadn't had so much support.

Now to sit on the couch for awhile!

Sam

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Congratulations!!!!


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Originally Posted by Sam S

Now to sit on the couch for awhile!
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WOW SAM!!!!!!!

What an accomplishment, CONGRATULATIONS.

Now you can sit back and relax. Open a bottle of champagne and
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Congrats, and hope your re-entry to the real world goes well.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an amazing adventure -and a stunning achievement!

Put your feet up indeed! Kick back and enjoy your Christmas home with your lovely Laurie!!!


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Sam:

What an amazing experience and it was really special that you were able to share it with us via the journal.

How did the hammock work out for you overall? Better than a tent?



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Originally Posted by AZ_Astro
Sam:

How did the hammock work out for you overall? Better than a tent?



Loved the hammock. Much better than crawling into a tent. Hanging the tarp high so you can stand under it is a big plus.

But once the temps dropped and I got my air mattress for the Smokies (no hammocks allowed on the AT in the Smokies, unless the shelters are full) I stayed in the shelters. It wasn't so much being cold in the hammock, but taking down and packing the frozen tarp. That got kind of old. Usually I was alone in the shelters that time of year.

Sam

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The famous Mount Beacon is right up the road from me, less than a mile.. One of these days I might try to hike up it - Will probably just wait for the old incline railway to be repaired, whenever that is, though. lol smile Don't have your stamina, Sam. thumb

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YAY! Congratulations Sam,

What an amazing adventure; following you along in your journal was a special treat too. Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes to you both. smile


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Originally Posted by Sam S
Sorry, I should have given a little more info. It's the Appalachian Trail, 2185 miles.

Sam


Appalachian Trail.. Amazing journey. smile

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Congratulations again, Sam. Glad you made it back home for Christmas. You are an inspiration to us all.


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Congratulations, Sam! That is an amazing accomplishment!

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Congratulations Sam! What an amazing achievement. Have a fantastic Christmas with Laurie now and enjoy some well earned relaxation.
I hope the return to the piano is satisfying too!

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Congrats Sam and welcome home!!!



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Sam's boots were made for walkin'
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So that's just what they did
Now play your piano again.*


Congrats!


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Congratulations and Merry Christmas, Sam. Your journal was so fun to read, and inspirational too.


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Congratulations, Sam. That's a lot of determination.

Now to get used to sleeping indoors again...


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There is an epilogue post on the journal dated 12/20/2014. It has some statistics about the trip and the cost.

Congratulations Sam.

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Originally Posted by Stubbie
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So that's just what they did
Now play your piano again.*


Congrats!


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No - Nancy should apologize to music lovers everywhere for recording/releasing that "song"...

Congrats Sam! Now, no more "miles to go before you sleep..."


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Thanks for the gear report, Sam S. All the information about the rain gear, the 1/4 cup measuring spoon, the long silver spoon, and the food that you ate are very helpful because: your hike has inspired me to get back to hiking and I now have plans to hike the Colorado Trail next summer. I have a six week window for the trip and will see if I can make it the whole way in that time-frame. I will hit age 60 in January and haven't been exercising as much as I should have so I need to get moving! Have been hiking about 4 miles a day since early October and hope to have a good base in before the Colorado trip. Just crossed the 200 mile mark in training hikes and have accumulated a nice set of ultralight gear now, including top and bottom quilts for my Warbonnet Blackbird hammock, new boots (Lowa Renegade), and much more.

Thanks for doing the trail journal. Lots of work on top of all that hiking!

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