Day 159 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 159 on the Appalachian Trail

It started to rain overnight and it was still coming down when I woke up this morning so I rolled over and went back to sleep. Although the weather forecast was predicting clearer weather in the afternoon, taking a “zero” day today was an easy decision. Not only would...
Day 158 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 158 on the Appalachian Trail

When I woke up this morning, I had zero energy even after a good night’s sleep. But I also had several mountains to climb before getting back to the Rattle River Hostel. To reduce my pack weight, I left most of my food at the hostel when I left there yesterday so I...
Day 157 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 157 on the Appalachian Trail

The A.T. follows US 2 for a tenth of a mile past the Rattle River Hostel. It is roughly 21-miles from Pinkham Notch back to the hostel and this is arguably the most popular section to slackpack on the entire A.T. The shuttle van was carrying several hikers to Pinkham...
Day 156 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 156 on the Appalachian Trail

At 7:30 am I was packed and ready to go when the van from the Rattle River Hostel pulled up in front of the motel to give me a ride to the Appalachia Trailhead. When I opened the van door, I discovered that the driver was none other than Odie Norman, the creator of...
Day 155 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 155 on the Appalachian Trail

The skies were overcast all day and several passing rain showers helped to reinforce the validity of my decision to take a “zero” day today. For the most part, I spent the day in my room writing journals and making arrangements for getting back on the trail. I did,...