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RamSham and Ad-Cane - Williamstown, MA

RamSham and Ad-Cane arrived in Williamstown, MA at last! PAH!

We hiked not-so-sweet 16 miles between Dalton and Mount
Greylock with tireless support from our mobile Trail Angel, Paul E.  

Today – 21-May – we plan to hike last six miles toward Williamstown, then get ourselves cleaned up and go home at last!  As mentioned previously, I plan to share some more stories when tuned permits.  Keep tuned, folks.

RamSham and Ad-Cane at Mount Greylock!

RamSham and Ad-Cane made it to Mount Greylock in Williamstown, MA! Mount Greylock is the highest point in the state of Massachusetts.

We are still moving….. Getting ready to enter into home stretch soon! 

By the way, I am going to call Massachusetts “Mass-quitoes-tts” and “Mass-argh-muddy-tts”! 

We entered into The Baked Beans State, ahem, actually The Bay State – Massachusetts last Sunday.  The Berkshires was spectualar area to hike.  I could imagine how grand it will be if we get to hike this area in the Fall with these leaf colors changing.  Anyhow, we took a zero day yesterday for me to take care of my personal errands and for Cane to get his stuff fixed and buy some equipment.  We enjoyed our meal at Barrington Brewery Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA.  What was even great was that our waiter, Priscilla, knew sign language since she was CODA (child of deaf adult – she had deaf mom and sister).  Yay! 

Today, we hiked only 5 miles in downpouring weather. Ugh!  We were surprised with mosquitoes paying us a visit – biting and sucking us for our blood!  Rockpuncher warned us about that area, but we didn’t think these blood-thristing mosquitoes would be out and about in rainy day!  Gosh!  If you plan to hike in the state of MA, be prepared to be a unconsented blood donor!  We decided to halt our hiking to get ourselves out of miserable weather.  The weather forecast for rest of the week looks a bit better – less rainy days.  We hope the weather goddess will be good to us especially on our home stretch over Mount Greylock (tallest mountain in MA) toward Williamstown.  *crossing fingers*  We would like invite our friends, loved ones and supporters to come out this Sunday at Mount Greylock for downhill hiking (around 6 miles).  Please contact us via email under “Contact Us”.  Keep tuned, folks!

We spent entire weekend in Salisbury, CT with a person named Vanessa B.  She supported us by shuttling us to do some slackpacking across the challenging  section between Salisbury, CT and Jug End in MA.  We took advantage of nice weather over the weekend rather than taking a zero day as we planned.  We were blessed with this opportunity.  We enjoyed our time with Vanessa and appreciated her time and resources to help us out.  When I have more time to share more stories about what happened with our journey on the trail and how special Vanessa was to us, I shall do that soon as we arrive Williamstown (as of today, around 70 miles to go).  Thank you, Salisbury, for your great hospitality!



Hello folks. My car has been out of commission, so I was car-less pedestrian for a long while. Thanks to my dear friend’s help, my car is all fixed up and in good shape again. I just got it back a few days ago. Cane’s health is ok now. He just needs to watch how he eats to avoid recurring heartburn. He needs to cut down on fatty food and desserts. Anyhow, since our break from the Appalachian Trail expedition in New Hampshire, there is a new development – Aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Irene came ashore on last weekend of August which left many areas in the Northeast (between New Jersey and Maine) flooded and/or destroyed. Many trees fell along the trail. Even there was a 3-inch hole in one of shelters. The famous boardwalk over the swamp in New Jersey is closed due to flooding. Here is the link to trail updates complied by ATC.

Cane and I discussed today and made a decision to hold off our AT expedition to between March or April. That way, we can start off from Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey and walk north toward North Adams, Massachusetts. That way, we can start to build up our endurance and stamina and get ready to conquer the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Katahdin in Maine. It also gives the trail maintainers some time to work on restoring and cleaning up the trails.

Cane’s Uncle Jean and Aunt Rose were able to join us to celebrate our milestone of midpoint/halfway at Blue Benn Diner, 1940’s diner based on diner from Paterson, New Jersey (yay! Can you detect pride of Jersey Girl?!) It was soooo nice to see them again! We left to hike in wet shower on Saturday 16-October.

We arrived in Williamstown, Massachusetts on Sunday 17-October. We were thrilled to complete our hiking in the state of Vermont. We enjoyed its hospitality, new and old friends, foods, and environment.

Upon our arrival in Massachusetts, Cane came down with a cold and some coughing. We stayed at Williamstown Motel for a couple of nights before deciding to hop on the bus going to New York City today. We will decide whether if we want to continue hiking for a few more days or hang up our boots for hiatus until next Spring. We plan to keep you posted.

May 2020


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Appalachian Trail

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km - through 14 states - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km

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