I had packed out three liters of water the night before. I’d drunk a liter and a half by the time I went to sleep. In the morning, I used a little over half a liter for breakfast and drinking. I had about 3/4 of a liter to get me to my next water source. … Continue reading Trail Angels
I woke up early, and was on the trail by 6:00 a.m. the next morning. I was hearing rumors of heat indexes nearing 105. I wanted to get most of my hiking done before it really started to heat up. I was drenched in sweat before 7:00 a.m. I would be going into Duncannon, PA. … Continue reading The Heat Is On!
I had a mail drop waiting in the next town at the Post Office, but if I left that day, I would arrive in Duncannon on a Sunday when the Post Office was closed. This would require an overnight stay to pick up the package on Monday. Since the hotel I was at in Mt. … Continue reading Pennsylvania Polka
I was interviewed a while back by stickman who chases thru hikers to interview them. You will have to skip to 44:25 if you just want to see my portion of the interview. Continue reading My 15 Minutes of Fame
I was dropped off at Boiling Springs, PA, to hike back to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. There is an ATC office there. It was closed when I arrived. The town of Boiling Springs was very quaint. Again, I was glad that I had the chance to drive the roads OFF the trail. The slackpack … Continue reading My Slackpack Day
I knew rain was coming. A front was coming through. The worst would hit that night, and I wanted to be there early enough to set up my tent before it all started! It would rain on me off and on all day, but none heavy enough to drench me. I had also recently coated … Continue reading Pennsylvania 1-1-oh, oh….
I woke up to a very cool morning! I still have my down quilt with me. There has only been one night that I have not pulled it up on me. I snuggled it around me on this morning. I had slept really well, and was ready to start my day! Shelter spacing and distance … Continue reading Passing into Pennsylvania!
Thankfully, the rain was gone by morning, but I still had to pack up a wet tent. A wet tent makes for a heavier backpack! I had more rocks and mud, but the trail had flattened out a lot! The bugs have been bad due to all of the standing water. I have been starting … Continue reading Maryland
I left Harper’s Ferry bright and early. The rain had moved on, but left a raging, roiling Shenandoah river. Part of the hike away from Harper’s Ferry took me right by the Shenandoah. Part of the trail near there was closed due to flooding. I just kept praying there would be no flash flooding. The … Continue reading Leaving Harper’s Ferry