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#2304578 - 07/20/14 10:30 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2305379 - 07/22/14 01:24 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2305489 - 07/22/14 03:52 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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I don't think he is able to post his journal daily. That's all.


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#2305526 - 07/22/14 04:57 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2307170 - 07/25/14 09:08 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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

#2307271 - 07/26/14 07:12 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2307421 - 07/26/14 04:45 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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I'm following your journal Sam, it's great!


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#2307444 - 07/26/14 05:39 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Monica K.]  
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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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#2309234 - 07/31/14 07:57 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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

#2309239 - 07/31/14 08:10 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2309273 - 07/31/14 09:57 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Thank you again, Sam - I check in every day to see if there's news.

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#2309497 - 07/31/14 07:35 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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What you need is a little Piano Trail Magic. :-)


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#2311621 - 08/05/14 06:34 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Made it out of Maine finally - about 300 miles to Gorham, NH.

Updated the journal - thanks for reading!

Sam

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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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#2311846 - 08/06/14 06:52 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2311891 - 08/06/14 10:14 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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 . . .

#2311892 - 08/06/14 10:17 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: TrapperJohn]  
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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!

#2312662 - 08/07/14 09:03 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2312838 - 08/08/14 08:10 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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Sam
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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#2313541 - 08/09/14 06:35 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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.

#2315260 - 08/14/14 01:26 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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!

Cathy


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#2315273 - 08/14/14 03:04 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2316967 - 08/18/14 02:30 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]  
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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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#2317896 - 08/20/14 09:02 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: TrapperJohn]  
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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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