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Here’s where I was everyday, with cumulative mileage.

  • 8/29 (2178.3) Mount Katahdin / Cold and rainy on the first day, cold and rainy on the last day
  • 8/28 (2172.8) Kidney Pond / Out of the 100-Mile Wilderness and into Baxter State Park
  • 8/27 (2157.6) Hurd Brook Lean-to / Beautiful lakes, too cold for swimming
  • 8/26 (2138.0) Wadleigh Stream Lean-to / Final week is dry and quiet, the opposite of the first
  • 8/25 (2116.5) Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to / Plenty of water-side reading breaks
  • 8/24 (2097.6) Carl A. Newhall Lean-to / Trail passes near gorgeous gorges
  • 8/23 (2074.8) Hunting Cabin / Cow moose and calf sighting
  • 8/22 (2061.7) Monson, ME / The final zero day
  • 8/21 ( 2061.7) Monson, ME / More river fords
  • 8/20 (2043.8) Moxie Bald Lean-to / 12 pancake breakfast at nearby hunting cabin
  • 8/19 (2021.0) Piece Pond Lean-to / Swimming in two separate ponds, camping at a third
  • 8/18 (2003.7) Little Bigelow Lean-to / Summer heat is draining
  • 8/17 (1988.4) Stratton, ME / Day of pizza, ice cream, and beer
  • 8/16 (1988.4) Stratton, ME / Easy hike to highway
  • 8/15 (1974.9) Spaulding Mt. Lean-to / Beautiful day to be above treeline
  • 8/14 (1958.0) Piazza Rock Lean-to / Took a canoe out on a pond at lunch
  • 8/13 (1938.5) Bemis Mt. Lean-to / Mudslide on poorly-built trail sends hikers on re-route
  • 8/12 (1925.7) Hall Mountain Lean-to / Lazy morning at the Andover hostel
  • 8/11 (1919.7) Andover, ME / Maine isn’t much easier than New Hampshire
  • 8/10 (1911.7) Baldpate Lean-to / Climbed over, under, and between boulders of Mahoosuc Notch, the trail’s toughest mile
    entering Maine
  • 8/9 (1890.1) Gentian Pond Campsite / Shelter on pond has view across valley
  • 8/8 (1878.3) Gorham, NH / Much-needed zero day
  • 8/7 (1878.3) Gorham, NH / Last hut in the Whites feeds me for free
  • 8/6 (1863.1) Carter Notch Hut / Finished traverse of spectacular Presidential Range
  • 8/5 (1849.4) Madison Spring Hut / 45 mph wind and dense fog crossing Mt. Washington
  • 8/4 (1842.4) Lakes of the Clouds Hut / Clean fridge and bunks in exchange for guests’ leftovers at large mountain lodge
  • 8/3 (1828.3) Ethan Pond Campsite / Socks dry in sun on rocky shore of pond
  • 8/2 (1813.8) Garfield Ridge Campsite / Wind gusts on Franconia Ridge lift pack off my back
  • 8/1 (1798.7) Kinsman Pond Shelter / The White Mountains are really hard
  • 7/31 (1778.8) Jeffers Brook Shelter / Pole breaks in rocks, first river ford sweeps me off feet
  • 7/30 (1757.7) Firewarden’s Cabin / Sunset view from old fire tower
  • 7/29 (1734.3) Hanover, NH / Fraternity house hosts hikers who don’t want to leave town in the rain
  • 7/28 (1734.3) Hanover, NH / Toad tragically ends own life by jumping beneath my boot
    entering New Hampshire
  • 7/27 (1708.1) Wintturi Shelter / Mountaintop view of Green Mountains from roof of abandoned cabin
  • 7/26 (1690.1) The Inn at Long Trail / Irish pub and ski lodge accommodations lure me in for the night
  • 7/25 (1681.9) Cooper Lodge / Didn’t fall of suspension bridge into Clarendon Gorge
  • 7/24 (1658.6) Little Rock Pond Shelter / Mixing and mingling with hikers of Vermont’s Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada
  • 7/23 (1638.4) Manchester Center, VT / Zero day at the “X-travaganza,” a 60-hiker party hosted by Rainman
  • 7/22 (1638.4) Manchester Center, VT / Fast hiking to make it to the “X-travaganza”
  • 7/21 (1612.7) Kid Gore Shelter / Sloshing through swimming pool-sized mud puddles
  • 7/20 (1586.8) Seth Warner Shelter / Clear views from tower at Mt. Greylock
    entering Vermont
  • 7/19 (1570.3) Mark Noepel Lean-to / Ann, Mark, and Jess join the hike for a night on the trail
  • 7/18 (1565.3) Cheshire, MA / Zero day of trail in Westfield and Northampton
  • 7/17 (1565.3) Cheshire, MA / Pass through two towns in one day
  • 7/16 (1544.8) October Mountain Lean-to / Made it to shelter before biggest thunderstorm yet
  • 7/15 (1522.0) Mt. Wilcox North Lean-to / Massachusetts mosquitoes eat me alive
  • 7/14 (1500.5) The Hemlocks Lean-to / Mountain-top snack with summer camp kids
    entering Massachusetts
  • 7/13 (1484.3) Campsite / Three mile roadwalk detour
  • 7/12 (1463.9) Silver Hill Campsite / Snack break in Kent on a beautiful Sunday
    entering Connecticut
  • 7/11 (1441.0) Wiley Shelter / Quick trip to the Bronx for an errand
  • 7/10 (1432.3) Telephone Pioneers Shelter / lunch with visiting friends Maura, Bridget and Kate
  • 7/9 (1415.7) RPH Shelter / lunch break at state park snack bar
  • 7/8 (1396.9) Graymoor Monastery / trail passes through zoo before crossing Hudson
  • 7/7 (1376.3) Fingerboard Shelter / too many rock scrambles in New York
    -entering New York-
  • 7/6 (1350.0) Wawayanda Shelter / afternoon ice cream sundae stop
  • 7/5 (1331.1) The Mayor’s House, Unionville NY / Long hike to get to the Mayor’s for dinner
  • 7/4 (1310.0) off trail for Fourth
  • 7/3 (1310.0) Culvers Gap / off trail for Fourth of July
  • 7/2 (1306.4) Brink Road Shelter / crossing the Delaware, more rocks
    -entering New Jersey-
  • 7/1 (1281.6) Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Hostel, Delaware Water Gap, PA / nasty fall on Wolf Rocks bends trekking pole
  • 6/30 (1261.4) Leroy A Smith Shelter / Palmerton for groceries and laundry, believed bobcat sighting
  • 6/29 (1244.7) George W Outerbridge Shelter / dayhikers videotape me for YouTube
  • 6/28 (1220.5) Eckville Shelter / breakfast at diner, horseshoe tournament at shelter
  • 6/27 (1205.3) Hikers’ Pavillion, Port Clinton, PA / glue sole back to boot
  • 6/26 (1181.6) 501 Shelter / ticks are out
  • 6/25 (1164.2) Rausch Gap Shelter / face covered in spider webs all morning, new longest day–27.0
  • 6/24 (1137.2) / off trail in Harrisburg to visit relatives
  • 6/23 (1137.2) Duncannon, PA / stop by the legendary Hotel Doyle, then off trail to Harrisburg
  • 6/22 (1131.3) Cove Mountain Shelter / 15 miles of hiking across farmland of Cumberland Valley
  • 6/21 (1105.8) Alec Kennedy Shelter / Pass halfway point, celebrate by eating a half gallon of ice cream
  • 6/20 (1086.6) Toms Run Shelters / Too rainy to stop at state park pool
  • 6/19 (1067.4) Rocky Mountain Shelters / Trail crowded with weekend hikers
  • 6/18 (1055.1) Blue Ridge Summit, PA / Visit Laura’s co-worker near Gettysburg
    -Entering Pennsylvania-
  • 6/17 (1042.7) Ensign Cowall Shelter / Saw first monument to George Washington
  • 6/16 (1027.0) Rocky Run Shelter / Laura joins for hike across Maryland
    -Entering Maryland-
  • 6/9 – 6/15 Off trail in Washington DC
  • 6/8 (1010.9) Harper’s Ferry, WV/ Un-official halfway point, Margaret and Erin visit for lunch and a hike
    -Entering West Virginia-
  • 6/7 (998.9) Blackburn Trail Center / Short day to a cabin with porch views and dinner
  • 6/6 (991.0) Bear’s Den Hostel / Hostel run by local A.T. club in giant stone house with pizza and ice cream
  • 6/5 (981.1) Rod Hollow Shelter / New longest day–26.4 miles
  • 6/4 (654.7) Tom Floyd Wayside / First bear sighting
    -leaving Shenandoah National Park-
  • 6/3 (931.1) Pass Mountain Hut/ Breakfast at Skyland Lodge
  • 6/2 (915.8) Rock Spring Hut / Dinner and drinks at Big Meadows Lodge
  • 6/1 (891.9) Hightop Hut / More easy hiking with a lunch stop at a wayside restaurant
  • 5/31 (870.5) Blackrock Hut / Easy miles into the park
    -entering Shenandoah National Park-
  • 5/30 (850.5) Grace Lutheran Church Hostel, Waynesboro, Va. / Marie brings a vegetable picnic!
  • 5/29 (850.5) Grace Lutheran Church Hostel, Waynesboro, Va. / Laura sends baked goods!
  • 5/28 (845.5) Paul C. Wolfe Shelter/ Revisited favorite spots from college, Cedar Cliffs and Humpack Rocks
  • 5/27 (823.5) Harper’s Creek Shelter / Slow day in the rain
  • 5/26 (811.5) Dutch Haus B&B, Montebello, Va. / Escape the rain to a place that provides bathrobes while you wait for laundry
  • 5/25 (793.4) Brown Mountain Creek Shelter / First day hiking with new trekking poles
  • 5/24 (775.1) John’s Hollow Shelter/ Sunset and Simple Man hike back to town to bring the shelter a burger and hotdog cookout
  • 5/23 (773.4) James River / Off trail to Charlottesville to visit friends
  • 5/22 (772.0) Matt’s Creek Campsite / Bug bites itch so much I can’t sleep
  • 5/21 (748.5) Bryant Ridge Shelter / Afternoon stop at a swimming hole
  • 5/20 (727.9) Wilson Creek Shelter/ Town stop at Daleville
  • 5/19 (707.3) Lambert’s Meadow Shelter/ Long breaks at two of Virginia’s finest views: McAffee Knob and Tinker Cliffs
  • 5/18 (696.9) Hard Core trail building project, Tennessee / Build switchbacks in the Roan Highlands
  • 5/17 (696.9) Hard Core trail building project, Tennessee/ Build switchbacks near Watauga Lake
  • 5/16 (696.9) Trail Days, Damascus Va. / Hiker parade, lots of eating, and other festivities
  • 5/15 (696.9) Trail Days, Damascus Va. / Getting there is half the fun
  • 5/14 (696.9) Catawba, Va. / Eat until I throw up at the Homeplace restaurant, begin travel to Trail Days
  • 5/13 (684.3) Pickle Branch Shelter / Long crooked rock walking
  • 5/12 (668.2) Sarver Hollow Shelter / Hiking with Chance and Goggle
  • 5/11 (647.2) Baily Gap Shelter / First hike with new FM radio
  • 5/10 (630.8) Rice Field Shelter/ Holy Family pastor treats hikers to breakfast buffet
  • 5/9 (624.0) Holy Family Church Hostel, Pearisburg Va. / Much needed zero day, Joel and Diane visit and want to hike
  • 5/8 (624.0) Holy Family Church Hostel, Pearisburg Va. / Home-cooked dinner with friend’s grandparents in town
  • 5/7 (607.4) Wapiti Shelter / Still raining
  • 5/6 (583.4) Helvey’s Mill Shelter / Short day hiding from rain
  • 5/5 (569.4) Jenkins Shelter / Everything damp from rain
  • 5/4 (550.3) Knot Maul Branch Shelter/ Stop at Groseclose for laundry, lunch, and re-supply, new longest day–25.5 miles
  • 5/3 (524.8) Partnership Shelter / Shelter has phone and is near road, we order pizza
  • 5/2 (505.1) Hurricane Mountain Shelter / Beautiful hike through foggy rocky meadows of Grayson Highlands
  • 5/1 (489.1) Thomas Knob Shelter / Still feels like winter on Mt. Rogers
  • 4/30 (470.5) Saunders Shelter / Half day leaving town
  • 4/29 (461.1) The Place, Damascus, Va. / Start the trail’s longest state, stop in the trail’s friendliest town
    -entering Virginia-
  • 4/28 (442.8) Double Spring Shelter / Long quiet ridgeline hike
  • 4/27 (428.4) Vandeventer Shelter / Getting hot
  • 4/26 (410.9) Kincora Hostel, Hampton TN / Zero day at one of trail finest hostels
  • 4/25 (410.9) Kincora Hostel, Hampton TN / Dinner in town on prom night
  • 4/24 (395.3) Mountaineer Shelter / Three-state views as trail crosses several balds
    -entering Tennessee-
  • 4/23 (377.9) Overmountain Shelter / Best shelter–a converted barn with a view
  • 4/22 (356.2) Cherry Gap Shelter / Beautiful views from Beauty Spot
  • 4/21 (339.8) Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Erwin TN / Shower, laundry, and re-supply stop
  • 4/20 (322.9) Bald Mountain Shelter / Downpour on Big Bald, hiker has guitar at shelter
  • 4/19 (304.0) Flint Mountain Shelter / Revolution in backpack organization
  • 4/18 (291.3) Little Laurel Shelter / Climb out of Hot Springs really hurts
  • 4/17 (271.7) Hot Springs, NC / First town directly on trail
  • 4/16 (268.5) Deer Park Mountain Shelter / Clear 360-degree views from Max Patch, new longest day–23.0 miles
  • 4/15 (245.5) Groundhog Creek Shelter / Boy scouts have invaded the shelter
    -leaving Great Smoky Mountains National Park-
  • 4/14 (227.9) Cosby Knob Shelter / New longest day–20.3 miles
  • 4/13 (207.6) Icewater Spring Shelter / Return to trail, which has only somewhat dried
  • 4/12 (204.6) (Off trail in Ohio for Easter)
  • 4/11 (204.6) (Off trail in Ohio for Easter)
  • 4/10 (204.6) Newfound Gap / Climb highest point on AT, trail magic at highway crossing
  • 4/9 (192.1) Silers Bald Shelter / More slush trudging, more packed shelters
  • 4/8 (180.3) Spence Field Shelter / Skies blue, trail still covered in snow
    -entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, entering North Carolina/Tennessee line-
  • 4/7 (163.6) Fontana Dam Shelter / Snow continues, drifts knee-deep
  • 4/6 (150.9) Brown Fork Gap Sheleter / Snow starts, shelter reaches physical limits
  • 4/5 (136.9) Nantahala Outdoor Center / Zero day on the river
  • 4/4 (136.9) Nantahala Outdoor Center / To Franklin, NC for Ron Haven’s April Fools Day Hiker Bash
  • 4/3 (129.2) Wesser Bald Shelter / Crowd has thinned, fog has thickened
  • 4/2 (111.3) Siler Bald Shelter / One hundred miles!
  • 4/1 (98.5) Big Spring Shelter / Blue skies, sunset from Mount Albert fire tower
  • 3/31 (79.5) Muskrat Creek Shelter / Hikers gather around tree burning in the forest
    -entering North Carolina
  • 3/30 (67.5) Hiawassee Inn,Hiawassee, GA / Two buffets in one day
  • 3/29 (64.0) Deep Gap Shelter / Rain finally stops, now freezing and windy
  • 3/28 (48.7) Blue Mountain Shelter / More rain
  • 3/27 (30.7) Neel’s Gap, Mountain Crossings Outfitter / Dry off, upgrade gear
  • 3/26 (27.0) Wood’s Hole Shelter / Pushing it on day two–19.2 miles
  • 3/25 (7.8) Hawk Mountain Shelter / Springer Mountain in rain
  • 3/24 (0) Amicalola Falls State Park (8.8 miles from southern terminus of A.T.)
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