Monthly Archives: June 2016

Day 73 on the Appalachian Trail

The mosquitoes come out last night in force, but I escaped them inside my bug-proof tent. My hiking day started with a short climb up Rattlesnake Mountain - no snakes - followed by a series of 100-vertical foot ups and downs. At mile 6.2, I crossed US Highway 220 and headed a block west to…
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Day 72 on the Appalachian Trail

Last night's rain ceased before midnight. When I awoke at 5 am, no clouds. I hit the trail at 6 am, walking several blocks from the hostel to the Interstate 80 bridge over the Delaware River and into New Jersey. The traffic roared by a few yards away as I walked along. After the bridge,…
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Good Riddance to the Rocks of Pennsylvania

A blessed day in town. At 8am, I walked to the bakery for breakfast of an egg sandwich and a cup of coffee. Then a trip to the outfitters to replenish my alcohol fuel, buy a tube of seam sealer for my tent, and a bug head net. For lunch, a pint of ice cream,…
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Day 70 on the Appalachian Trail

Cool temperatures and gentle breezes conspired to create perfect sleeping weather last night. I awoke refreshed, ate breakfast, walked down the hill to get more water, and started hiking at 6:15am. The rocky trail continued through the forest. At Wind Gap at mile 4.6, I realized that it would be easy to install a water…
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