[at-l] IF 3

Ofahoma ofahoma at aol.com
Tue Jul 26 09:26:28 CDT 2011

Carry on, Rock Dancer..... You are obviously a tougher hiker than I am 
to hike through sore feet.  Still, wondering the difference between 
sore feet and feet that hurt like hell.

Planning to resume my plans for this year in October when hopefully the 
heat and bugs will lessen. Picking up at Ft. Montgomery with plans to 
stop at Salisbury, CT.

To refresh your memory, take your time in NJ & S NY. It is tougher than 
it looks on the map.



-----Original Message-----
From: RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>
To: at-l <AT-L at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 6:41 am
Subject: [at-l] IF 3

I'm now at Vernon , NJ just finishing week 4, 350 miles done on the AT. 
It's been painful (sore feet) and HOT (well perhaps it's been cooler 
than you guys in the city)and it's also been magical. I'm really 
pleased with how well I'm holding together and my feet are almost 
completely adjusted to trail life.

I originally thought I'd get off at North Adams. The more recent plan 
is to have my birthday there and then continue the trip to Hanover, NH. 
I'm with a great group of 30-60 year olds (Hot Drinks, Worn Heels, The 
Dude, English Chatter, Keeper&Oaf & dog Cannon,Pickwick, Turtle Feet, 
Little Bird and others).

The DWG dinner on Thursday night was prepared by the church people - 51 
hikers showed up to eat (a record) and then moved on in a bunch into 
the dismal heat on Friday.

Tricks was out doing magic a week after Billville and met us near PA 
309 at the end of a long day hiking from Eckville shelter. That was a 
very magical encounter. Y2K and his mom fed us hot dogs and grilled 
pizzas at the Eckville Road the day we traveled from Port Clinton, and 
they stayed until after dark because they knew I was still on the 

I've done a couple nights of night hiking, partly because of the heat. 
I've found shady places to rest from 2-4 pm on those hot days and then 
started moving on. Water is getting to be a problem out here so we are 
hauling water when necessary, and that's becoming about every other day.

But all in all there's nothing really to complain about. In a way I'll 
just let the trail carry me forward. --RD

Arthur Gaudet (RockDancer)
Rockdancer97 at comcast.net
"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon."

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