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  • jimmyjam on the AT 2019

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    I think you made a wise choice. Hope the 30-day study proves it was medicinal and not mechanical.

  • Grayson Highlands Info

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    Re: Showers There's a truck stop at exit 150 on I-81 in Daleville VA. Pilot Travel Center. I've used it for post-hike showers a couple of times. Surprisingly clean - the individual bathrooms are scrubbed and re-stocked after each use. And just around the corner near the AT crossing of Route 220 is the Three Li'l Pigs BBQ. Makes for a nice break from the interstate.

  • jimmyjam on the AT 2019

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    Father-in-law has taken a licking but his heart keeps on ticking, thanks to his pacemaker. 92 and ornery as hell. Best wishes for a boring procedure.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from LIhikers: “With Astro jumping up to Stratton already I guess there's little chance of Kathy and I running into him. We'll head south out of Monson on July 2nd. ” I won't make Monson until July 4 or 5th. ” OK then, keep an eye out for a couple in their 60s hiking with a large dog.Sounds like well run into each other between Caratunk and Monson I'm looking forward to meeting you, someone from the AT Cafe :!: ” Send me a PM after you finish and st…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Nice view of the Omni Mount Washington Resort on Day 5. Did you get an air of superiority looking down on the resort guests?

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from Drybones: “This song goes out to all those actually hiking this year, of which, hopefully I'll be one. youtube.com/watch?v=_oL_pCjPgUg ” I know I've had the Walking Blues more than once on the AT. Go Astro go. Don't let them blues (or yellows & reds) keep you from Big K!

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Here's a screenshot of today's radar over the Whites for posterity. Hopefully Astro can make it to the Zealand Falls Hut before the yellows & reds hit Zealand Mountain. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d Edit: Zealand Falls and Thoreau Falls should be roaring tonight and tomorrow.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Right about now, Astro should be finishing his breakfast at the Galehead Hut. He's probably feeling a bit 'puffy'.

  • Quote from max.patch: “update; new details emerge. 80 year old hiker told the family members to go ahead; blames himself for the incident. the family members were 19 and 14. unionleader.com/news/safety/re…90-b872-4b2c2809d7d5.html ” Sheesh. You'd think the 19 year old would have enough sense to disagree with grandpa. I was going to post some snarky reply but I think the three of them learned a valuable (and quite possibly an expensive) lesson. Note to self: add another layer of clothing to the p…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Looking forward to your impressions of Crawford Notch through Gorham. And your time to beat on the Gale River Trail is 2:45. Have a blast!

  • Took a walk today

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    Strolled around Annapolis this weekend. Brick sidewalks, salt air, outdoor seating at the bars & restaurants... Crab & Artichoke Dip Crab Cake Sandwich Crabby Tater Tots Crab Oscar Crab Cake Eggs Benedict Mmmmmmm... crabs.

  • Quote from Astro: “Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Beautiful day to be out on the water! appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d ” So you are a pirate. ” I like rum and booty. Seemed like a no-brainer.

  • Beautiful day to be out on the water! appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d

  • Whiskey Thread

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    Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Visited my favorite liquor store in Elkton MD today. Couldn't decide between the two so I compromised and bought both. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d The I.W. Harper was highly rated in an article I read a few months ago, and the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (115 proof) won 'Whisky of the Year". I'll get to my first taste test after I finish the Calumet Farm. ” Took my first taste of the 115 proof Elijah Craig Barrel Proof this week. Poured it…

  • Hiking Plans 2019

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    Just booked the huts for my late summer hike - Crawford Notch to Gorham: 9/1 Mizpah Spring 9/2 Lake of the Clouds 9/3 Madison Spring 9/4 Joe Dodge Lodge 9/5 Carter Notch I tried to reserve Greenleaf Hut for 9/7 but it was already booked full. Looks like I'll bring my full pack with me and make the decision on 9/6 if I backpack and camp to cover the 'orphan' section from Franconia Notch to the Gale River Trail on 9/7 & 9/8. The other possibility is to head up to NH early and hit the orphan before…

  • Cinque Terre Wrap-Up My sister told me I have no choice but to return so I can hike all of the coastal trails once they are opened. My daughter wants to visit the Cinque Terre so we can make it a family affair. She has been to Italy twice but never made it to the Ligurian coast. I loved the 586 trail. In fact, I would do it again but skip the descent into Corniglia. The views of Manarola and Corniglia from the terraced vineyards were outstanding, with the Mediterranean ever-sparkling in the back…

  • Just to make it official, we took the train from Corniglia to Riomaggiore and went for a quick stroll through the village. The skies were turning black and the occasional drizzle we had endured was ready to turn into a full-fledged downpour. I didn't even take one picture in Riomaggiore. Bought a magnet for the fridge to complete my set of five, grabbed a Coke Zero for the walk back to the train station, then we huddled in the tunnel at the end of the train platform as the rain began to fall. Ca…

  • I had done my homework before leaving for Italy and found that there was one option for hiking between Manarola and Corniglia. Trail 506 climbs steeply out of Manarola to the mountain village of Volastra. Trail 586 runs side-hill to the northwest at a fairly consistent elevation profile before intersecting with trail 587 which plunges down the mountain to Corniglia. And it's worthwhile to note that there are 382 steps connecting Corniglia with its train station at sea level. Option 1: Start at t…

  • The trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore is named the Via Dell'Amore (Lover's Way). Although it's closed between the villages, a small section is still open on the Manarola side. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a brief stroll with my wife of 30 years. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70dappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d The next stop was an overlook on the north side of the village fo…

  • Being married to a nurse is both a blessing and a curse. She cleaned me up pretty well, steri-stripped my elbow back together, but wanted to put me on bed rest. I didn't come all the way to Italy to sit on the veranda when there there were trails and views calling my name. I demanded that we at least hike south to the point where the trail was closed so we could see Vernazza from above. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f70d appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…92d9f34ac5b78de4adb78f…