Return to Appalachia

10 Jul

5/31-7/1 – 32 zero days (tonsils-be-gone)
7/2 – 10.5 miles
7/3 – 15.6 miles (passed through West Virginia and into Maryland)
7/4 – 13.1 miles
7/5 – 22.4 miles (crossed the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania)
7/6 – 17.7 miles
7/7 – 19.1 miles (passed the AT halfway point)
7/8 – 11.8 miles
7/9 – 16.8 miles
7/10 – zero day at Bojangles’ house
7/11 – 18.6 miles
AT Mile Marker – 1143.5 miles

I’m back on the Trail! It’s a different can of worms this go around. MUGGY and BUGGY come to mind.

There have been a lot of milestones in the last 10 days of hiking, to include the 1,000 mile marker, new states (WV, MD, PA), and the midpoint of the AT.

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It says 1000, I swear:

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Our favorite state so far is West Virginia. This is because the Trail in West Virginia is 4 miles long.

At the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, WV, we got our pictures taken and were officially branded 2013 thru-hikers 886 and 887.

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Other news, other news…

At Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Bojangles undertook the famed “Half Gallon Challenge,” in which AT thru-hikers attempt to eat a half gallon of ice cream as fast as possible. The record is 8 minutes. Bojangles put down his 2,480 calories in a respectable 15 minutes, 40 seconds. He would *not* recommend mint chocolate chip.
Here’s him at at the start:

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And while underway:

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And afterwards:

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Also offered was the “Gallon Challenge,” in which hikers attempt to eat a gallon of butter as fast as possible. The record is 43 minutes. In a moment of remarkable prudence, we did not partake.

We have seen a lot of snakes on the Trail, to include rattlesnakes, black rat snakes, and an unidentifiable gray snake with creepy eyes. The rattlesnakes have blown me away. They are massive, and their rattle is so loud. I’ll try to spend less time freaking out and get a picture of the next one. No such problem with this rat snake:

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We are liking Pennsylvania — primarily because we are currently stationed at the Harrisburg home of Bojangles’ parents, who are kindly “slackpacking” us. Slackpacking is when others help you with modern inventions like vehicles so that you can hike with only a daypack and sleep in a bed. We never want to leave, which is problematic.

Pennsylvania so far is best described as “rocky, with a side of cornfield.”

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7 Responses to “Return to Appalachia”

  1. Kristin July 12, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Yay! so happy you made it back happy and healthy….you go girl!! after surviving a tonsillectomy, you can do anything!!!

    • Lucie July 12, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      You were so right — I feel like a new person. Swallowing is so smooth. It’s incredible!

  2. Kelsie July 12, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Hooray! Glad to see you’re back on the trail!

    • Lucie July 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Hooray! Now the hard part… staying out here, haha!

      -Lucie

  3. jack/snorz July 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    When will be getting to NJ? Looks like the weather is warming up! Try to stay cool!

    • Lucie July 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      New Jersey in a week! The weather is indeed warm these days, though the bugs are what’s driving me crazy. Got a head net last night and used it today, though — amazing!

      -Lucie

      • rocksteadysappalachianhike August 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

        The Skeeters were bad even a couple months ago in NJ…also VT. NH and ME were fairly mellow in the bug population. An occasional deer fly would take a chunk out of your shoulder from time to time. Now that NH and ME are much dryer, you’ll find them the most pleasant. Happy Trails! Rock Steady

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