Halfway

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After the rollercoaster, the terrain smoothed out nicely. Sunday was the day to get into Harper’s Ferry. It was a good day and I had roughly 13 miles to get to town. Was a standard day for the most part. I was happy to run into Seamster and Button on the road! But sadly it was good bye as they were heading south, making up miles they missed due to illness. It is very likely I won’t see them again. Also saw Squeeze, who I hadn’t seen in a long times. Didn’t recognize him since he was missing Alan the dog!
Harper’s Ferry, in addition to being a quaint and very historical town, is home too the AT Conservancy, the group in charge of the trail. Everyone gets there picture taken there that goes in the photo yearbook. I am hiker 468.

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It was Sunday so I had to spend the night to mail the camera back home. Had a good night chatting with Earth and Miss America at the Teahorse hostel. Yogi showed up as well, his trail legs clearly at spotted now. Recall we first met him in the tragic water spilling event.
Monday was sunny and time to move on. After the post office, my pack was nice and light. Headed to the trail and was quickly in Maryland, walking along the canal footpath (read: flat!).
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Walking with Earth, we hit some trail magic!
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In the afternoon, the skies got dark. As the drops started, I quickly set up my tent next to the trail. I fell asleep and when I woke, it was sunny and basically dry. Overreaction. Tramped the last mile to the shelter. Then the skies opened up, gushing rain and lightning. But the shoes were dry so no problem.
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Tuesday was fine. Nice day with a rare and lovely breeze. Just a 16 mile slog: some rocks, some flats.
Saw a couple guys trying the 4 state challenge: VA, WV, MA and PA: about 45 miles in one day. Good luck!
Turns out that the shelter was born near the road and near the town. So I had a pizza and root beer delivered to the trail head. Nice!
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Headed out today (Wed) and eventually ran into Dusty Pilgrim, a retired fireman from Plymouth, MA. We got to PenMar park and ran into trail magic again. They fed us lunch and then gave me a ride into town. Now it’s laundry and resupply and back at it tomorrow. Currently at 1064 miles.
The geographic halfway point is soon.

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3 comments

  1. Hey Donald … loving your trail notes. Do you feel strong? Or do you feel tired? Or???
    So much fun reading your rambling words and hearing the different names of the people you meet. They become such characters for me and I try to imagine what it is like just walking along the trail. I’m also thinking how good that pizza must have tasted great! We’ll have to build a pit for a good fire in the back when you get home so you can talk about your travels … maybe a few harmonicas … drums, I don’t think so. I’m humming Happy Trails to you …. maybe we can sing that around the fire, too. Missing you.

  2. Thank you for your great trail stories. I am glad you r enjoying your time. Talked to Gus he was going to follow you on his girl friends I will see him next week to talk bout your trip. Happy and safe trails. Miss you

  3. william bredbeck

    I think you mean MD. That would be a pretty extreme challenge otherwise!