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Monday, March 22, 2010

     So I'm in Franklin and it's snowing today. I can only imagine what it's doing in the mountains.  The town is full of hikers.  I took today off, heading back into the hills tomorrow.  Let me go back a couple of days and update you  on my adventure.

3/19/10 
    Did a 12 mile day and my first sunny day. It got up to 60!   I'm getting stronger by the minute.  I'm doing 12 miles in 5-6 hours and that's taking my time.  We crossed the GA/NC border. I was the second one there and we waited for all of the Hawk Mountain Hooligans so we could all cross together.   There are 2 lines- the  official state line which is a pipe in a tree and the unofficial one which is this crazy looking oak tree.  I met the a blind hiker aka Bulldog.  Bulldog is making a documentary of his "thru hike".  I put that in quotes because so far he's skipped 2 parts already.  One day he'll be behind us and the next, he's in front.  I also got to see an amazing sunset over the mountains.  What a great day!

3/20/10
    Did another 12 mile day and we had another day of beautiful sun. Finally got to see some amazing views.  We climbed a 5000 foot mountain that was full of snow.  There was 2 feet on top of the mountain. I had to use my tire chains for my boots. So far the trail in NC is better marked than in GA.  We went to bed early, like 7:00P.M..  We have a rainy day forecast for tomorrow and want to get in town. I have town fever!

3/21/10
    Got up very early. , Walking Man , Nobody and I headed out in the dark with our head lamps.  Walking Man completed his 10,000th mile.  This is his 4th time on this trail! Saw the sunrise and it was wicked cool,. but it did rain again and it was wicked cold and windy. I did my biggest day yet- 15.5 miles. I hit the 100 mile mark.  Big deal except when you figure i'ts only 4% done! When we got to the road I met  Lobster Killa's boyfriend, a former thru hiker. He let me use his water proof phone to get a ride into town!  What luck!

3/22/10 
    Took today off. It snowed all day!  so this morning, I went to the post office to pick up my new warmer sleeping bag. It ended up being a 3 hour affair.  It was at the UPS shipping building miles away. I got a ride from the friend of the motel manger.  He was a "good ole boy" and he drove me around town for 1/2hour. People around here are so nice to us hikers. I've been sleeping in all my clothes, 3 pairs of socks, and my hat!  Heading back to the trail tomorrow afternoon. 

thanks for all the support
GA------>ME
Stephen (Boston)


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colleen on

your blogs are fun and the pics are beautiful. we miss you being around! hopefully we can make a movie when you get back!!!

Harriet on

Hi Steve! Loving the blog and the pics are beautiful--the sunset is my desktop background for a while. Hey--4% is 4%--only 96% more to go! Enjoy!

Lillie on

Congratulations on hitting the 100 mile mark!! I am glad that the sun is starting to come out. Love the pictures. Go Boston!!!

TARA ROSA on

HEY STEVE..WOW 100 MILES...INSANE!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE DOING IT! I AM GLAD YOU MET NICE PEOPLE.....I HOPE THE WEATHER HOLDS OUT FOR YOU! EVERYBODY ASKS ABOUT YOU HERE..I AM GOING TO PRINT THIS BLOG AND POST IT SO THEY CAN SEE! STAY WARM AND SAFE...THINKING ABOUT YOU!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! KEEP POSTING BLOGS!! TALK TO YOU SOON....TARA :-)

Kevin on

Hey Steve where is your long out of control mountain man beard?

Victor on

Hi Stephen, Pics are great, blog is very good...the sun will come out shortly... you are doing great. also saw you in the other pics and in a video on the other guys blog.

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