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We are back!  We are resuming our journey from Delaware Water Gap in NJ next to PA.  Our mobile trail angel is back with us once again – Paul E.  We plan to hike 10 miles today toward Mohican Outdoor Center.  Today comes with good weather – sunny in 60’s degrees F.  We decided to do day hike this week since the temperature drops to high 20s degrees F to high 30s degrees F – way too cold to relax and rest at evenings and sleep at nights.   We aim to hike north toward Williamstown, MA. 

Hello everyone!  Spring has arrived!  However, it surely felt like beginning of summer – in very balmy 70’s deg F.  Oh man!  We are worried about availability of spring water and water source along the trail due to very mild winter we had here in mid-Atlantic.  Anyhow, I have some workshops to attend for next couple of weeks, so Cane and I plan to start hiking on or about 2-April from Delaware Water Gap.  I plan to keep you posted.

Yyyyyyaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!! We made it to DWG (Delaware Water Gap)!!! We crossed the bridge into New Jersey – Kittatinny Visitor’s Center. It concluded our hiking in Penn-rocky/muddy-va!!!! As of today, we hiked through 8 states (GA, NC, TN, VA, WV, MD, PA, & VT). For 45 days (started on 18-April thru 2-June), we logged 432 miles on foot!!! Woo-hoo!

We are going on hiatus until early August. We plan to hike in NH and ME in August (from Glencliff, NH to East Flagstaff Lake, ME – around 229 miles). After that, we plan to hike from North Adams, MA toward DWG, NJ (Kittatinny Visitor’s Center) until mid-October.

We heartily thank everyone for their support and help.

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Today is the big day for Cane and me. We are going to hike from Wind Gap, PA to Delaware Water Gap, PA then cross the bridge into NJ to make a first stop at Kittatinny Visitor’s Center in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with Paul E. cheering on us. It is around 16.8 miles left for us to hike….. Sweet 16! Oh, heat wave finally broke up yesterday afternoon. Today is gorgeous day – in 70’s and sunny! Such a good day to end our leg and journey from Waynesboro, VA to Columbia, NJ!

Today is also special day for me. It is my Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!!!! Cannot wait to see u, Mom, JV, Tim, Janice, Dorothy, and their families!

DWG or bust!!!! 😉

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Hey everyone….I am sooo super busy that I barely have time to read email, comments from this blog, and even my own novel.  UGH…..My apologies to everyone that may be waiting to hear a peep out of me.  I will not be able to read/reply until next week. Here is the WHY part….Since Cane injured his head a few days ago, we got booted off from the trail for 3 days.  It kind of pushed back our plans to complete our leg in Penn-muddy-va or Penn-rocky-va depending on which section of trail we are hiking in Pennsylvania.   I can see how challenging it is for Cane to hike on rocky terrain and boulder field with full-gear backpack.  The weight of backpack easily throws us off if we take misstep or shift our weight by accident while moving across the rocky terrain/boulder field.  It also slows down us a big time by not able to hike more miles out of the day if we encounter any rocky terrain/boulder field.  Our final day of hiking is this Thursday 2-June.  I frantically drew up several strategies trying to figure out if we are able to finish this incredibly crazy and difficult leg toward DWG – Delaware Water Gap – to get ourselves cross over to state line of my dear home state – New Jersey.  It is nearly impossible to carry out strategies without available and local resources/help.  I came up with a several ideas….I tapped into the resources and got some help that will help us, Cane and myself, to accomplish our mission – Operation Final Dash Toward DWG (or should I re-named it to Operation MAD Dash Toward DWG?  Ha!!!)

Mission name: Operation Final Dash Toward DWG

Timeline of Mission: 27-May-2011 thru 2-June-2011

Mission goal: To complete our leg in the state of Penn-muddy/rocky-va while slackpacking (no more full-gear backpack with all of sleeping stuff, 3-6 days worth of food and other stuff to carry – between 30 to 45 pounds to carry)!!!!

How many miles left as of today (31-May-2011): Bake Oven Knob Road, Germansville, PA to Delaware Water Gap (DWG) – 44.9 miles/72.3 kilometers

Resources:

  • Our dear friend, Paul E.
  • Our supporter for AT shuttle driver, Amy L.
  • RamSham’s 4-wheel vehicle – car – for Paul to give us the support
  • RamSham’s sanity & sense of humor
  • Cane’s perseverance & “knight suit”
  • RamSham’s beloved friend’s country house as our base for place to stay, eat, and rest
  • RamSham’s and Cane’s family, friends, and supporters cheering on us to accomplish our goal

Weather Forecast this week: Triple H’s (Hot, Hazy, and Humidity)

Note (more of to ourselves, I think): No more zero days!  We must hike at average of 14 miles a day to arrive DWG this week.

Rewards upon completing our goal: Going on tubing down on the Delaware River in DWG!  😎

Anyhow, please pray and cheer on us to accomplish our mission this week – DWG or BUST!!!!

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