Monthly Archives: June 2012

A bicycle and a few friends lead a big man into an even bigger world

What a beautiful story.

A bicycle and a few friends lead a big man into an even bigger world.

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Fat Man’s Loop

Went for a hike today on Fat Man’s Loop.  Before I hiked the Appalachian Trail, Fat Man’s Loop was very difficult for me.  It would take me almost two hours to complete the trail.  Today was a different experience.  I felt strong and completed the loop in a little over an hour.  However, I could definitely tell that I had been hiking at sea level for the past three months.  Had to stop and get some air a couple times.  Ran into this fella while I was out there.

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Reed Gjonnes walks the Appalachian Trail with her dad – The Washington Post

I met these folks out on the trail.  She’s an amazing kid.

Reed Gjonnes walks the Appalachian Trail with her dad – The Washington Post.

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Trail mix: Seeking ways to connect 2 iconic routes – SFGate

Trail mix: Seeking ways to connect 2 iconic routes – SFGate.

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Change

My experience on the Appalachian Trail this year has infected me with the hiking bug.  I want to continue to hike on a regular basis and to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the hiking community.  Since I’m no longer “hiking for the homeless,” I thought it might be appropriate to change the name and address of this blog.  Today, I will be changing the address of this blog to http://www.longdistancetrailhiking.wordpress.com and I will be exporting everything from this blog to the new address, so please remember to bookmark the new page.  I will continue to post interesting articles that I find, as well as keep the blog updated with any adventures I might be engaging in.  Thanks to everyone for their patronage and support of this blog, and I’ll see you down the trail.

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Maybe Next Year…

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in over a week.  Unfortunately, I am off the trail at this time.  I began feeling weak and fatigued shortly after leaving Damascus.  I reached Atkins, VA and decided to contact a friend in Virginia and see if she could pick me up.  I thought I might need a rest for a few days.  A few days after leaving the trail I developed a severely swollen lymph node behind my right ear, and the fatigue and body aches got worse.  The upshot is that I am being treated for Lyme Disease at this time.  My hike is over for this year while I rest and recover.  My hope is that we caught this early and that it will not have long term implications.  I appreciate everyone’s support, both for myself and for Flagstaff Shelter Services.  This has been an amazing experience and one I want to continue.  My intention, at this time, is to continue to hike the Appalachian Trail in years to come, and to eventually complete it.  I wish everyone the best.

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