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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.

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Cane went home to his home state, Maine as Paul E. and I drove to our home state, New Jersey last Friday. Cane has a weekend to rest and think about what he wants to do about hiking the Appalachian Trail. I am putting some ideas together such as trying to find a porter to carry most of his gears in backpack for a few days across the White Mountains. Cane and I will talk about his decision in a couple of days. I will let you know what he decides.

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!!!! ūüėČ

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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! ¬†ūüėé

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

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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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