Chocolate Spatula? / Siren Thru Hike updates

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  1. designtom

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    Week 15 98.3 miles

    1222.4 starting point
    1239.8 Bake Oven Knob Shelter (pic)
    1257.4 Delps Trail
    1268.0 Wind Gap, PA 33 (stealth camp)
    1283.6 PA 611, Delaware Water Gap (slept in bsmt of Church)
    1294.0 Mohican Outdoor Center (slept at @NJHeart2Heart 's house)
    1308.3 Brink Rd. Shelter (pic)
    1320.7 Mashipacong Shelter (pic)

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    Some weird going ons ........ surprising how much is posted on social media

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    The numbers are getting bigger and bigger

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    The Pinnacle ?

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    More future pets looking to be adopted.

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    Who's the Roughian now?

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    EDIT: Lifted off of this blog: https://sydneyhikesnorth.blog/ June 25th entry. Also explains campsite location on June 22nd entry (with a video that includes Christine). Shoutout to @NJHeart2Heart who hosted Sydney / Rocket, and lead us to know more about one of Christine's fellow thru hikers.
     
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    Nice Pics!! Rocket is doing great too. We really enjoyed meeting her, and she can be followed at her blogHERE.
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    NO doubt about it...Christine has EARNED that patch!!!
     
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    Check out this Trail Angels report I just received over e-mail :dblthumb:


    "Ron and I spent Monday running to Costco and Shoprite to stock up on supplies. The menu was Burgers (or cheeseburgers), beef hotdogs or vegetarian hotdogs, fruit (strawberries and blueberries), semi-frozen snickers, Oreos, OJ and ice cold Coca-Cola. Then I spent the afternoon fitting everything into three coolers and two totes, and putting it in my car with a grill, a tarp, signs four gallons of fresh water, and four chairs. (I was a little worried about putting it all back together when we had to come home).

    As it was raining heavily, we left a little late and got to the Appalachian Trail on Millbrook Rd where we setup every year around 9 am. As soon as we pulled in we had our first customer (did not get his trail name). He was happy to have the cold food and quaffed down a big glass of OJ, bud did not wait for us to setup the grill

    After he left we setup our outpost. First thing, previously there was a wooden picnic table where we setup. It had been in bad shape, and two years ago the club even brought lumber to fix it when they did Trail Angels. This time it was just a pile of lumber chained to a tree. Fortunately, John had planned ahead and he and Betty had two folding tables.

    We setup a tarp as it was raining lightly, laid out all the food, setup the grill and waited for our first customer. Well it started to rain even more, and we waited, and waited. Fortunately, “Siren” had to meet some friends from Philly who were going to hike with her so she had to get out of her tent, and was our first customer. She was overjoyed to see fresh fruit and hot food, and sat on a chair and stayed with us for quite a bit while the rain continued. She was not in a hurry to leave, but her friends had come to hike with her, so just before she left she texted some fellow hikers and told them there was hot food on the trail.

    Not long after she left, two hikers from Texas joined us. They had just sat down for lunch when they got the text, and hurriedly packed up and came to find us. After that, there was a slow stream of hikers coming thru. Altogether, we had 14 hikers pay us a visit. Unfortunately, the last hiker came after we started to cleanup, but like in the morning, we pulled out the cold food and he had a heaping bowl of fruit and an ice-cold coke.

    However, that is just the surface of the story.

    • Grandma Nee-nee is 72 years old and currently lives in South Carolina. She was hiking from Harpers Ferry to the White Mountains where she had lived for 21 years and done a lot of hiking. Unfortunately, she fell in Pennsylvania and bruised her arm, and her pole hit her in the side as she fell. Consequently she had trouble bending over to pick up her pack (usually got it on by using a rock or a table) and we had to help her get it on. She was not sure if she would make it to the White Mountains.

    • Lavender turned down our hotdogs and hamburgers as she just had lunch and did not want to travel overstuffed. Nee-nee had told me Lavender was a vegetarian and when I heard her trail name I offered her a vegetarian hotdog – she freaked out. No one ever had vegetarian food! And she was just being polite about not being hungry; she was up for a vegetarian hotdog.

    • Lavender and her friend Chickadee had slept in because of the rain. They left around 11 am, and then stopped for lunch around 12:30. When they found us around 2pm, they stretched out in our chairs and did not seem to be on any hurry to leave. Chickadee said – “not going to make many miles today”.

    • Smokey was an ex-cop. He has a son in the Navy stationed in Georgia who he called and told that he was coming to see him. His son asked when, and he replied 4 or 5 months! He was hiking Southbound to Georgia to see his son.

    • Siren told us how she traveled to Georgia by train from Philly. As she watched the scenery pass by it hit her that she was going to be walking back through the same states and then continuing on even further. Her parents were not thrilled with her decision to hike the AT, and were waiting for her to quit. When they realized she was not going to quit, they decided to meet her on the trail for Father’s day.

      When I asked her how much hiking she had done, she mentioned that she did a shake down hike in Northern NJ on the AT along the NY border. When she got to NJ to start hiking she realized she had not packed her tent pegs, she had forgotten her water bottle, etc. She sat down on the trail and cried, but here she is almost four months into her trek. She also told us that when she registered in Georgia she was number 895, and when she got to Harpers Ferry she was number 400 something. She had passed a few people, but many people had dropped out. It’s not an easy task to complete the whole trail.

    • One said the best part of the experience is the people you meet, not just the fellow hikers, but the Trail Angels like us that make a rainy day pleasant. More than one said we had the best Trail Magic they had encountered on their trek, and they all thanked us profusely."
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  5. designtom

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    Christine sent a picture of those trail angels!
     
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    That is inspiring, good on them
     
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    Week 16 41.2 miles
    1320.7 Beginning point
    1333.2 Jim Murray property side trail
    1351.9 Wawayanda Shelter (pic)
    1361.9 NY 17A spend night with trail Angel @TomC
    zero day Greenwood Lake
    vacation day NYC
    vacation day NYC
    head back to trail

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    Rented a paddleboard boat for a bit

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    And another new state

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    This part of the trail is actually significant to
    @ChocolateSpatula? Two years ago she needed a little space. She got a back country permit to hike the John Muir Trail. Problem was, she didn't know a thing about the woods, camping gear, risks, bugs, weather, hypothermia, hygiene ......... someone persuaded her to do a shake down hike first. This was the location of her shake down hike. The practice hike was beyond humbling, nobody died, but failure was a constant companion. Now SHE'S BACK, and she isn't a green horn no more.

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    FYI, that's Little Hips carrying the pack to Christine doesn't have to do the heavy lifting.
     
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    Thanks for that tidbit... I know she did that section awhile ago, and wondered how that would be a second time... skip it because it was done, or do it again with new knowledge and confidence... glad to see her re-do it. probably very fulfilling.
     
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    If you were thinking of sending a cheer her up text or meme; today might be a good day. I rarely get updates, let alone bad ones.

    "The heat is so bad now"

    "and there are so so many mosquitoes"

    "ugh"

    "It's miserable"

    "Yesterday felt like 25 miles"

    "The water situation is gross"

    "It's a struggle right now"

    "All I want to do is sit and swim in a lake"

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    EDIT: 28 hours later

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    Meanwhile, @saustin1967 and @OMRebel are like "man, I wish it was that cold here..."

    Feel for her... It's definitely sticky mosquitoey time here in the NE... and all the bug spray does is make you feel worse. wish now i'd soaked that bandana i sent her in permethrin, so she'd get some relief.
     
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    We treated most, if not all, of their outer garments @designtom. These ladies were sporting a lot of exposed skin. Pretzel took a bottle of picaridian spray and our lady said she had a supply. Whether they used them is something we won't know.
     
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    I'm sure the jury is still out on the value to mankind of social media.

    On the other hand, since @ChocolateSpatula? doesn't send us many pictures, we can find them on the internet. I'm becoming Facebook friends with several thru hikers, and the pictures on my feed are amazing.

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    Layering up. Probably from around Gatlingburg TN

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    I think they need bigger cups on the trail.

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    from just a couple days ago

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    Those AT hikers will do anything to find a flat piece of ground to sleep on.

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    Wonder what time the neighbors go to bed when you camp in a drive in theater?
     
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    Week 17 113.4 miles
    1361.9 starting point
    1375.6 Island Pond Outlet
    1391.7 Bear Mountain, NY
    1407.0 Dennytown Rd.
    1422.8 NY 52, Stormville
    1442.8 Leather Hill Rd.
    1455.9 CT 341, Kent
    1475.3 Sharon Mt. Campsite
     
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    Outta state outta mind? Has the interest waned on Christine's journey?

    She seems to have conquered the state of Connecticut and is about to enter Massachusetts.
     
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    Yep. Outside Roanoke, VA. Gorgeous view! I used to live 20 minutes from there.
     
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    I do read these updates.
    Was wondering where they might be now.
     
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    Her Garmin is showing just East of Manchester Center yesterday, about halfway between Bennington and Ruland, VT.
     
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    Week 20 summary: 78.9 mile guestimate

    1657.1 Starting point
    1673.0 VT 103
    1688.5 Churchill Scott Shelter (pic)
    Sat 7/27 GPS off
    Sun 7/28 GPS off
    Instagram 7/28 “I got a bit sick, gonna rest up (prob on 7/26?) and keep chugging along”
    Mon 7/29 GPS off
    Tues 7/30 GPS off
    Wed 7/31 GPS off
    1736.0 Connecticut River, VT-NH State Line Guestimate ending point of week

    (fyi, wherever she's at, she's got access to her phone, she's "liking" other Instagram posts).


    EDIT: Friday 8/2 GPS pinged at
    1756.1 Lyme-Dorchester Rd. NH
     
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    week 21 summary, some approximations, GPS not on every day 97.3 miles

    1736.0 Connecticut River, VT-NH State Line Guestimate starting point
    1754.1 Dartmouth Skiway Invited to stay the night at @Timberdogz friends sled dog kennel.
    1772.3 Ore Hill Shelter (pic) (guestimate Fri)
    1787.8 Beaver Brook Shelter(likely spot, works with instagram)
    1800.8 Kinsman Pond Shelter
    1808.2 Liberty Springs Tentsite GPS pinged here
    1825.6 Zealand Falls Hut GPS pinged here
    1833.3 Crawford Notch, US 311 (GPS pinged here Fri 8/9/19)

    EDIT: Photo from Instagram: A little night hiking, and you can watch the sunrise in the White Mountains (Mt Lincoln?)
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    It appears Christine has made it to Maine! 282 miles to go.
     
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    Week 23 Summary 67.8 miles

    1892.2 starting point
    1904.3 Mahoosuc Notch (east end)
    1911.4 Grafton Notch, ME 26
    Zero day
    1927.7 Hall Mt. Lean-to (pic)
    1931.8 Black Brook (ford) (Human Nature Hostel). (Naked & Afraid contestant is owner)
    1948.8 Sabbath Day Pond Lean-to (pic) ) (Guesstimate, GPS off)
    1960.0 Piazza Rock Lean-to (pic) (Guesstimate, GPS off)

    Some images found on Instagram
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    That's Pretzel and Poker Face

    Copy & Paste from "Siren's" Instagram page:
    Mt Washington is home of the worst weather in the world and when we went through, it had no intention of letting us pass without demonstrating that.
    Sustained 55 mph with 70 mph wind gusts, rain, snow, and hail all showed up. Fell 4 times just from getting blown over going down Mt. Madison. Eventually, I realized I would have to crawl on all fours to make it down to treeline.
    Up until then, the Whites were pretty strenuous but overall manageable, but today my ass was handed to me.
     
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