Good luck, Rick. Don't forget to call if you need a hand anywhere in the Rangeley-Stratton area, rides to town, a hot shower... I think I gave you our telephone number earlier, if not, PM me. We pick up a lot of through hikers in August, give them rides to and from town if they're hitchhiking, hear their stories.
I've been to Chimney Pond and up the AT on Katahdin as far as the tree line (it was snow and ice above that the day we were there and we weren't supposed to go above that). But that was years ago so I don't think I'll try to summit. And you may not want a crowd with you anyway. If not, the party could be at Roaring Brook Campground, where through hikers come "back to earth". And you said something about making it in time for the Eustis event, and maybe giving a talk and showing slides.... We'd love to have you if you can make it.
Remember, if Grandma Gatewood could do it, so can you!
"There is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats". Wind In the Willows
1. I have a bounce box. I am putting things that I will need that are not readily available in most towns and a couple other things.
2. No sure if I agree with this one but I may take a zero on the trail.
3. I refuse to be pressured by anyone to do big miles. This is my hike. They can hike there own hike. My plan is to keep it under 10 miles a day for the first two weeks. After that I will do what my body allows me to do.
4, I am sure I will see Pirate as he works at Neels Gap. I know Pirate and Wee Willie pretty good and I know to believe half of what they tell you.
I thought about doing the tri state challenge but I will see how I feel when I get to that point.
If that's the case, then's there's over 11,000 that I outrank!. Actually, Bar numbers started about 10 years ago and they randomly gave them out as we sent in our registrations. Those of us that sent our forms in quickly got the first bunch of numbers. Then Chief Justice Vincent McKusick was given # 1. Joe Bornstein's number is 6000 something!
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
Tomorrow will leave me with nine days left before I leave to catch the Amtrak for my adventure of a lifetime. I just wanted to let everyone know and rub it in just a little bit. Everything is falling into place. Gear, friends and hiking partners are all lined up and ready to go. The only concern I have at this time is from the phone conversation I had with someone on the trail in Georgia yesterday. There is one foot of snow on the trail and there are shoulder high snow drifts in the Smokies right now. On the up side the weather is suppose to get in the 50ís and 60ís next week in Georgia. I hope that clears the snow for me.
For those of you that want to follow my progress, I have decided on going with this web site www.trailjournals.com/attroll.
Thanks for the link Attroll. We will be very interested in following your trail and wish you success every day in your journey. I hope the snow melts away fast before you get to Georgia.
"Always remember that you are unique, just like everyone else."