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neo
04-29-2006, 14:23
monday may 1st a wonderful lady,friend and fellow whiteblazer starts her north bound thru hike,hope you have a great hike beth:cool: neo


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bigmac_in
04-29-2006, 15:22
Good Luck Turtle2, I'm jealous. Keep us updated Neo!

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neo
04-30-2006, 13:25
have fun:cool: neo

neo
05-06-2006, 21:34
turtle 2 is at cloud 9 hostel:)


Hey Neo, I am staying at Cloud 9 Hostel in Hiawassee. This has got to
win awards for everything. Best hostel ever! Of course, I need to check
more hostels, but, this will be hard to beat. We were served fresh
trout for dinner.
Great hike so far, even with 2 afternoons of torrential rains.
Yesterday made 15 miles. Great folks on the trail and off. Should finish G
tomorrow. Check trailjournls.com for more details.

Later...


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Catsgoing
05-07-2006, 01:32
Wish I could be in cloud 9. Good Luck Turtle 2... Will be watching for your posts.

Neo Turtle 2 is up on The AT on her own? Dang hate to write this she isn't hiking with a man?

I am grateful I got to taste part of the fever of wanting to hike the

Dang Hepatitis C has taken my health but I can dream close my eyes and dream of what Turtle 2 is doing. One women to another my Blessings Turtle 2........ Be Careful and will watch for your posts.

neo
05-09-2006, 10:00
here is a link to beth's trail journal:cool: neo


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neo
05-09-2006, 15:08
here is a link to beth's trail journal:cool: neo


http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=4038

:) go beth go:cool: neo

neo
05-13-2006, 11:57
:) Destination: NOC
Starting Location: Cold Spring Shelter
Today's Miles: 11.50
Trip Miles: 135.20
Woke up wet again. Fixed a cup of tea, had breakfast and walked into the cold mist about 7:30 am. Unfortunately, the weather did not improve much. Stopped for lunch in a cold shelter and walked out wearing my rain jacket, it was so cold. Around noon, we saw the first view of the week, after which it clouded up and rained all the way into NOC. I arrived at 1:30 after hiking over 11 miles, arranged for a room, had lunch (did you know that reuben sandwiches are supposed to have pastrami not corned beef?) then picked up my mail drop and a new pack cover as the one I have is too small to cover all my pack and things were getting wet, and purchsed new insoles for my boots. Laundry was a priority and while the machines were working I sorted food for the next 3 days. I'm getting better-only had a few things more than needed. Less weight is better. A group of 7 thru and section hikers met for dinner and now is time to prepare for tomorrow's 6 mile climb. Saturday will be a 15 mile day followed by a 7 mile day into Fontana to wait for the PO to open on Monday. Hey Richie Rich! I,ll mentally say hi to your mom.
Be well, take care. Beth



way to go beth:cool: neo

neo
05-21-2006, 22:02
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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Destination: Tricorner Knob shelter
Starting Location: Icewater Spring Shelter
Today's Miles: 12.60
Trip Miles: 221.60
Pretty morning waking up to a view of the Smokies. Left the shelter at 7:45 with the first stop being Charlie's Bunion, a rock formation with treendous views. Leaving the bunion, you guessed it, it began to rain. The hike today ran the ridges. There were some ridges that were only 24 inches wide with steep drops on either side. That was interesting when the wind was blowing hard enough to push me a bit. Thank goodness for that 30# pack it is not every day that I'm glad to weigh more.. The terrain here is not as steep with the ups and downs as was GA. I find it easier walking.
Got to the shelter early, at 2:30. Our group had decided to stay here instead of trying to go another 6 miles. Thank goodness! The rain came down complete with sleet. Glad we stayed.
This shelter will be full tonight! There are at least 10 folks here now with a report of more coming in. In the Smokies the shelter space is reserved with 4 spots reserved for thru hikers. If the shelter becomes full, the thru hikers must move out and tent within site of the shelter. We are determined to squeeze as many as possible in here. It is the warmest shelter so far.
Time to get warm. Goodnight. Be well, take care. Beth



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go beth go:cool: neo

neo
05-24-2006, 09:41
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Monday, May 22, 2006
Destination: Elmer's Sunnybank Inn, Hot Springs
Starting Location: Deer Park Mtn Shelter
Today's Miles: 3.20
Trip Miles: 272.30
Up and at 'em this morning. Short hike into Hot Springs and Elmer's renound hospitality. We arrived about 9:30, were assigned rooms and settled in. This is a great old home filled with antiques and interesting things. There is a music room, a parlor for reading or chess and other games. After unpacking my maildrop (thanks Jim) it was time for exporing and laundry. Later I took a book and layed in the hammock stretched between 2 trees in the yard. Yes, there was a feeling of guilt that I wasn't doing something else or walking, This is the nearest to a day off since beginning 3 weeks ago.
I sit here in the parlor absorbing the wonderful smells from the kitchen as I await the 4 course gourmet vegitarian dinner by candlelight. There will probably be about 10 for dinner. I'll let you know what we have.
For music fans, Jane Hicks Gentry originally owned this house and would hold impromtu music nights in the parlor. She was able, over time to write the music down that had heretofore only been passed from person to person. She has helped preserve songs of Appalachia.
Just finished dinner. We were served a sweet potato soup, a fantastic salad with a multitude if greens, carrots, tomatoes, bleu cheese and sunflower seeds, followed by a braised vegetables in a peanut satay over rice and topped with a walnut maple pie ala mode and spearmint tea. Very good.
We met a young man from Salt Lake City yesterday hiking who has been doing 30 miles a day. Ed (Elder Highknees) has apparently harmed his feet. Dr. says to keep them elevated for 3 days then take a few more days for the serious blisters. He is chafing at the bit to be back on the trail but vows to take care of his feet. An avid birder, he has some interesting tales about birds.
I hear the piano in the other room.I"m going to check out what is happening before I find a phone to send this.
Later.
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your looking good beth,go beth go:cool: neo

neo
05-24-2006, 09:43
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you are doing great beth:cool: neo

neo
05-28-2006, 08:07
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Friday, May 26, 2006
Destination: No Business Knob Shelter
Starting Location: Hogback Ridge Shelter
Today's Miles: 20.60
Trip Miles: 332.80
The fabulous 7 decided to have the whole AT experience and therefore lit a fire
in the firering just outside the shelter wher I was trying to sleep. They really
weren't bad and were finished by 8:30. Two guys came in around 9:00. Nice guys.
It rained about 5:30 am so } didn"t get up until 6:45 when the fabulous 7
decended upon the picnic table in front of us. One of the guys said he had
dreamed of sleeping until 7:30, obviously that didn't happen .
Despite feeling so bad yesterday, it felt great to walk today. I crossed Big
Bald in Thunderstorm, complete with hail and wind. The hail was elongated and
hurt. The storm came up so suddenly there was barely time to put the camera
away, much less put on rain gear. I stopped at Big Bald Shelter to fix a cup
of tea and warm up and found that Nani, Doobee, & Alki had stopped their for
breakfast.
My original stopping point was Spivey Gap where I felt so good I kept going
after getting water. I almost made it. Thunder rumbled for about an hour then
the heavens opened-AGAIN! This time the hail was pea to marble sized. If it had
only waited 1 hour I wouldn't have looked and felt like a drowned rat. All that
is behind now. 3 folks were here at my arrival and a 4th just arrived. Small
shelter, should be cozy.
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:) you are doing great beth:cool: neo

neo
06-05-2006, 22:16
Miller's 2006
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Sunday, June 04, 2006
Destination: Damascus, VA
Starting Location: Abingdon Gap Shelter
Today's Miles: 10.00
Trip Miles: 460.90
Who would ever think I would say, "no big deal, it is only 10 miles"? Well, that as my thought as I waked toward town. I was here by 11:30 and walked to the Dairy King for a banana milk shake made with real bananas and to call Jim. Mt. Rogers Outfitters have private rooms for $10 so I thought I'd splurge on some privacy.
I spent a quiet day and ate supper with Wild Poodle, a woman I met at Kincora Hostel a few day ago. She has been having knee and back problems so skipped ahead to visit the clinic here.
I have now completed 3 of the 14 states through which the AT passes. Virginia has the most miles and is known for inducing the Virginia 'blues'. We shall find out. 459.5 miles down, 1715.1 to go.
Goodnight.
Be well, take care. Beth
way to go beth:cool: neo

neo
06-13-2006, 22:01
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal


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Thursday, June 08, 2006
Destination: Chatfield Shelter
Starting Location: Rt 16, Troutdale, VA
Today's Miles: 21.90
Trip Miles: 531.30
I received a ride back to the trail by the kind lady in Troutdale and started out briskly. The terrain was relatively easy and I saw my first deer on the trail. I smelled a skunk and saw some cows and squirrels as the sum ofthe animal viewing today.
I met and talked with a lady from Maine doing sections. This is part of what she feels necessary to her well being after surviving cancer and the treatments after. Nice lady. Stopped at Partnership Shelter for lunch. This shelter has hot & cold running water, shower and a phone to call for pizza delivery. Plus, it is a beautiful two story shelter. The day was young so I moved on to this shelter where I am alone. I know Jonah won't come in toight as he is a couple of miles ahead so it should be a quiet night. Be well, take care. Beth http://trailjournals.com/images/button_rate.gif (http://trailjournals.com/ratepost.cfm?Entry=141055&trailnameid=4038)

:) rock on beth,keep on truckin:cool: neo

Hana_Hanger
06-13-2006, 22:23
Thanks so much for posting all of this Neo
I don't know how I missed it before
I wish I was there at the moment
I am going to bookmark her journal and follow along with
hers as well as I have been following along with Lion King and FunnyBones they are both on the PCT .


You Go Girl!!!!
If some days feel you can't go on....remember it is simply one foot in front of another :P
You CAN do it!!!!
CAN stands for Chocolate~Attitude~Nature

neo
06-13-2006, 23:35
Thanks so much for posting all of this Neo
I don't know how I missed it before
I wish I was there at the moment
I am going to bookmark her journal and follow along with
hers as well as I have been following along with Lion King and FunnyBones they are both on the PCT .


You Go Girl!!!!
If some days feel you can't go on....remember it is simply one foot in front of another :P
You CAN do it!!!!
CAN stands for Chocolate~Attitude~Nature

you are welcome gail,nobody on whiteblaze seems very interested in her
thru hike,99.9 percent of whiteblazer think minnesota smith is the greatest
beth is a wonderful lady,:cool: neo

Ewker
06-13-2006, 23:40
just because you don't post doesn't mean you don't read

Hey neo, how was your trip?

Turtle2
06-14-2006, 12:30
Hello All.

I am in Pearisburg today taking my first zero. I feel good with the exception of tired feet at the end of the day. We are at the Holy Family Hostel with a promise of home cooked meal this evening and I am just leaving to hit the Chinese AYCE. Back on the trail tomorrow. Thanks for watching.

neo
06-14-2006, 15:07
Hello All.

I am in Pearisburg today taking my first zero. I feel good with the exception of tired feet at the end of the day. We are at the Holy Family Hostel with a promise of home cooked meal this evening and I am just leaving to hit the Chinese AYCE. Back on the trail tomorrow. Thanks for watching.

way to go beth,you are doing great:cool: neo

neo
06-19-2006, 10:36
just because you don't post doesn't mean you don't read

Hey neo, how was your trip?

minnesota smith has over 23,000 views and 454 replies

turtle 2 has 615 views and 18 replies,who are you kidding lol:cool: neo

both trips were awesome

neo
06-21-2006, 20:03
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal


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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Destination: campsite
Starting Location: Catawba Shelter
Today's Miles: 11.50
Trip Miles: 695.70
Today was beautiful weather and we took advantage of the day and the fexibility of hiking. We began our day with a climb up McAfee Knob. It is an area of rocks jutting out into air and hosting fabulous vistas. We took photos and had snacks there before moving on.
After McAfee Knob we hiked another 4.1 miles up a teeper climb to Tinker Cliffs. This was anothe spectacular high view thatactually had us overlooking Roanoakz, VA and it's airport. As it was 1:30 we had lunch then sat in the sun watching the airport and 3 red shouldered hawks rising the thermals. Beautiful. It was interesting to note that not one plane landed ordeparted from the airport in the 2 hurs we spent there.
We are camped on a wide ridge with a delightful breeze. We can only hope that it does't rain. It isn't pleasant folding and carrying a wet tent.
By the way, as of today I have hiked over 700 miles. Goodnight.
Be well, take care. Beth




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:) your doing great beth:cool: neo

Ewker
06-21-2006, 22:18
she seems to be moving on fairly fast.

the goat
06-21-2006, 23:23
you are welcome gail,nobody on whiteblaze seems very interested in her
thru hike,99.9 percent of whiteblazer think minnesota smith is the greatest
beth is a wonderful lady,:cool: neo

i guess i'm in the 0.01% who thinks MS is just another hiker.:rolleyes:

the goat
06-21-2006, 23:25
minnesota smith has over 23,000 views and 454 replies

turtle 2 has 615 views and 18 replies,who are you kidding lol:cool: neo

both trips were awesome

maybe folks are actually reading her journal??

btw, what the hell happened to cement sneakers?

neo
06-27-2006, 09:57
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Destination: campsite
Starting Location: Catawba Shelter
Today's Miles: 11.50
Trip Miles: 695.70
Today was beautiful weather and we took advantage of the day and the fexibility of hiking. We began our day with a climb up McAfee Knob. It is an area of rocks jutting out into air and hosting fabulous vistas. We took photos and had snacks there before moving on.
After McAfee Knob we hiked another 4.1 miles up a teeper climb to Tinker Cliffs. This was anothe spectacular high view thatactually had us overlooking Roanoakz, VA and it's airport. As it was 1:30 we had lunch then sat in the sun watching the airport and 3 red shouldered hawks rising the thermals. Beautiful. It was interesting to note that not one plane landed ordeparted from the airport in the 2 hurs we spent there.
We are camped on a wide ridge with a delightful breeze. We can only hope that it does't rain. It isn't pleasant folding and carrying a wet tent.
By the way, as of today I have hiked over 700 miles.
Goodnight.
Be well, take care. Beth
:) you have done one third of the trail beth.you are doing great:cool: neo

neo
07-07-2006, 09:37
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Friday, June 30, 2006
Destination: Rockfish Gap
Starting Location: campsite past Reeds Gap
Today's Miles: 16.40
Trip Miles: 851.00
Strawand I were so tired that immediately after dinner we went to bed. I was s tired that sleepeluded me for a couple of hours. Later I awoke from a sound sleep and heard twigs snapping in a slow steady manner. As the sound moved from east to south to west my imagination began to work. "Bear!" I thought followed immediately by "don't be silly, Miller". Then I heard a hoof on a stone and said "deer". I listened until the sound of passing was gone then went back to sleep. Straw and I wew up before 6:00 am to get on the trail to arrive in Waynesboro ASAP, he to find an early connection to Washington DC where he was to meet his girlfriend and me to be in town when Jim drives in from KY. Well, we had finished breakfast and were packing tents and packs when I heard the same twig snapping noise. I looked toward the sound and saw a bear's head appear over a small rise. I turned to Straw who was less than 5 feet away and said "bear"! We stood there and watched this large bear (about !
4 ft at shoulder) approach to a distance of 25 ft, look at us then turn and walk away. My guess is that he checked us out in the night and came back for a second look. We were so excited! Also very fortunate to have been up and about. If nothing else, it drives home the need to hang the food each night.
The rest of the day was tireing and anticlimatic. I saw 2 deer, one turtle, 2 chipmunks and several squirrels, not to mention 10 people. The long climb up Humpback seemed never ending with a few false summits and my desire to get to town. Several SOBOs met me on thw way down and told me it was downhill the rest of the way. What they failed to say,"except when it goes up" which it did often.
At the town's informtion center I received a ride to the YMCA from the owner of a local B&B, Belle Meade. They do accept hikers but the pricing is a bit prohibitive for most hikers at $75 a night. She was very nice. At the Y I went in to get my $2 shower so I would not have such a hiker stench when Jim arrived. To my surprise there was no charge for the shower, soap and towel as a Trail Angel had paid for all hiker showers. Nice.
After cleaning up, I made my way to the free tenting area behind the Y to find Crutch and Memphis. We chatted a while then Tim and Michele from St. Louis cameback from the grocery pushing a cart (with permission of the store). They just completed a SOBO section. They prepared brats and burgers on the grill. Mmmmm good!
After Jim arrived we went to the Pizza place where Jim met HiTech, Zamboni, Pro, Pork Chop and Conquered. We stayed in Waynesboro that night then left the following morn for a holiday at Colonial Williamsburg. It was really good to see Jim after 2 months. July 1st was my 2 month anniversary on the trail.
There will be more when I return to the trail. My thanks to each of you who are interested in my journey.
Be well, take care. Beth
:) go beth go:cool: neo

neo
07-16-2006, 17:08
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal


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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Destination: Rod Hollow Shelter
Starting Location: Jim & Molly Denton Shelter
Today's Miles: 18.30
Trip Miles: 963.20
Up early today to be in Linden when the PO opened. It was a mile to the road and another mile to the town. I didn't get a hitch so that adds 2 miles to my day.
No animals of note today but I did enjoy picking raspberries. They were delcious, much more than the blackberries.
Tonight we hav John Petersen, a 70 yr old from Canada, Fire, Whisp, Standby Me, Partner, Porkchop and Jackson, Eros, 46er & Storyteller and 2 section hikers.
Just a bit of background. Fire jusr accepted a job as 3rd Mate on an oil tanker, Whisp is a Sr. at U of KY/Lexington, Storyteller is a retired teacher, 4er ijust retired as a civil servant working with submarines, John P. is a retired commercial diver/photographer, Porkchop is an EMT working the ski slopes of CO and Jackson is a wonderful Golden retriever. As you can tell, we have a variety of professions represented.
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:) you are doing great beth:cool: neo

Frolicking Dinosaurs
07-16-2006, 17:22
High five to Beth (and I didn't know who MS was until I photoshopped him :D)

neo
07-20-2006, 08:35
Miller's 2006
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Monday, July 17, 2006
Destination: Caledonia State Park
Starting Location: Deer Lick Shelters
Today's Miles: 13.70
Trip Miles: 1066.30
We slept in (6:30) as this was to be a short day and promised to be hot. Our goal was Quarry Gap Shelters after stopping at the public pool at Caledonia State Park for a swim in the pool. We stopped at Antietam Shelter couple miles in for a break and met Pacer, Pork Chop & Jackson (his paw is much better), HighTech and Arius. They were being dropped off by a Trail Angel who had invited them into his home overnight. Bill came over ad invited the 3 of us over that evening for pizza, wings and sundaes. After some discussion it was decided that no bugs and the promise of doing laundry was irresstible so we agreed to call him later in the afternoon when we reached our destination.
On we went north to Caledonia State park where we were able to shower and swim for no fee. There was a concession stand with burgers, fries and ice cream as well. What a great place to spend an afternoon with the temps in the high 90s! We called Bill about 4 pm and by the time he arrived at 5, we had snagged Storyteller, 46er and Pro from Dover to go as well. We place our 6 packs, 6 pair of poles amd 6 bodies in the back of this Nissan pu truck and head down the road with an agreed upon detour to WalMart. After driing for about 15 minutes, we pass the trail as a hiker emerges from the woods. Naturally, we turn around and pick up JamMan. As you might imagine, the bed of the pu is quite full so JamMan ends up laying down with his head in someone'slap and his feet dangling over the tailgate. We really must have looked a sight! We drive for a while and then lights and a siren come on.We got pulle over! The cop gets out and strides purposefuly over toward the truck asking "what !
do you think you are doing?' We hikers said that he was giving us a ride from the AT. He replied,"not in Penn. he 's not!" We are cringing for Bill who is being so nice to us. The cop asked if Bill knewwhat kind of meess he would have if the truck flipped an Bill said yes, he could imagine. Then the cop said, "slow it down some then turned and went back to his car. as he opened his door he looked at the hikers and said "watch out for those snakes" then got in his car, turned around and left. Amazing. What luck!
Bill and Amy did indeed feed us well, provide showes and laundry for the 7 of us. They won't accept money and more amazing, they have a 2 year old named Gracelyn and a 6 week old named Jackson an still welcome AT hikers into their home as often as possible. We hikers try and do some laundry, mow the yard, fix whatever need fixing amd silde some money in a place it can be found after we leave. I know for a fact they spent in excess of $50 for our crew. Sweet people. Be well, take care. Beth http://trailjournals.com/images/button_rate.gif (http://trailjournals.com/ratepost.cfm?Entry=148092&trailnameid=4038)
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Ender
07-20-2006, 09:06
Sounds like she's having a great time!

neo
07-29-2006, 08:52
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Destination: Bake Oven Knob Shelter
Starting Location: Eckville Shelter
Today's Miles: 17.40
Trip Miles: 1230.20
Today's walk took me thru a smooth trail then to a trail covered in 1 to 2 inch rocks then rocks 6 to 12 inches then rocks 12 to 24 inches then rocks the size oftwin sized bed to the size of a house. I much prefer the larger boulders where it is simple to hop from ock to rock. The 2 hiking poles coe in vry handy fr balancing an brdging chasms.
We passed a very nice shelter earlier in the day and the plan was to go to the next shelter. Well, the ONLY thing this shelter has going or it is that it is 10 miles further. It is not very deep which means Fire's 6'1" frame will not fit. It has no privy. The paths look as if they haven't been trimmed in a year or so. In short a lousy place, but, home for the evening.
Tomorrow promises more rock scrambles and a town visit for laundry and a shower. I certainly can use both.
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Turtle2
08-01-2006, 10:29
Hello to all. Thanks for your interest in my trip. Just for the record. I don't care that MS has more viewers, etc. I am just out hiking for my enjoyment.

There is a fairly large group of hikers in the DWG area, somewhere near 20-30 folks. It seems everyone is now thinking seriously about the coming months and the weather at Kahatdin. This past week is the first time since GA that I have been one of 7 women in a shelter. Gee, most of the time there hasn't been 7 PEOPLE in a shelter. It is good to see and be part of the group.

For all those planning their AT hike, be assured it is a wonderful time with great folks met along the way.

By the way, it is said that men lose a certain percentage of weight while hiking the trail but women "tone up". Women lose weight too!

Be well, take care.

Beth

Ewker
08-01-2006, 10:32
Good going Beth. Keep it up.

neo
08-05-2006, 09:10
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Starting Location: New London CT
Today's Miles: 0.00



Trip Miles: 1284.20
We arrive at the Bangor ME airport, returned the car then Heather picked us up to spend a delightful afternoon and evening with their family. I havre been blessed with meeting and being helped by some ofthe nicest folks while on this journey.
Tomorrow we tour Don's sawmill then back on the trail. The trail from Monson to Katahdin will take about 10 days thru the 100 Mile Wilderness so there will be a long wait before the next installment of this journal. Be well, take care. Beth http://trailjournals.com/images/button_rate.gif (http://trailjournals.com/ratepost.cfm?Entry=150931&trailnameid=4038)



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neo
08-18-2006, 10:45
Beth Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Destination: Abol Pines Campground
Starting Location: Rainbow Springs Lean-to
Today's Miles: 15.00
Trip Miles: 1338.10
I was so tired last night I didn't look to see which way the trail went out of camp. The lean-to is on the shores of swift flowing Rainbow Stream. I have decided that I do sleep better without the noise of fast moving water just outside. This morning as I am eatingmy oatmeal I notice white blazes across the stream. The trail crosses the stream on two logs, neither over 8 inches in diameter. Did I mention they are only 12 inches above the water? What a way to begin the morning. I am glad I didn't hike with Dr. Jones and Rosie today as they would have crossed just before dawn, yikes!
The trail today runs next to Rainbow Lake which is over 5 miles long. I stopped at the south end dam and noted some choice casmpsites. This area is owned by The Nature Concervancy who has graqnted permission for this use. Occasionally as I passed along the shore, I heard the plaintive call of a loon. If you have never heard a loon, you are missing something.
From Rainbow Ledges there were views of White Cap Mtn and in the opposite direction, Katahdin, the goal. I lunched on the rocky top with a light breeze blowing away the heat of the sun and finished my noon meal with wild blueberries growing there. It was a great way to spend an hour.
I truly a not sure this is the 100 mile wilderness as I met 11 more hikers. Mercury is aply named as he began hisjourney 7 days after mine began and has covered 2165 miles as of today. He is fast! He tells me he will go home to N. Ohio and go back to school. He also mentioned he might run a marathon as well, if his knees hold up. I also met Jaybird. He will summit tomorrow and plans to "yo-yo" which means walk the trail south. Go for it Jaybird. I couldn't.
I have a short day tomorrow when I'll meet up with Fire's brother Mike and his friends at the reserved site and plan for my summit on Friday.
Time for bed.
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neo
08-19-2006, 08:48
Beth Miller's 2006



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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Destination: Stratton, ME
Starting Location: Stratton, ME
Today's Miles: 0.00


Trip Miles: 1464.50
I dithered around this morning with laundry, mail and such. I will continue hiking. After most of the morning I decided to stay here another night to rest up, talk with other hikers and finish adjusting my attitude.




Funny thing, I mailed a package to myself here from Monson, ME last Saturday and it hasn't arrived. The package Jim Mailed from Ky on Monday was waiting. Never can tell.

I ordered a new water filter today and some chemical treatment as well. My filter broke a couple days ago and my treatment options are low right now. I should be ok until my package arrives a few towns away. Some folks don't treat their water at all, some use chlorine, some use iodine and some filter. In y opinion, filtering gives the best taste.
It is 3:30 now and there are 6 other hikers here, all Nobos. We will undoubtably exchange trail condition info as the day moves on. My plan is to be back on the trail about 7 am.
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your lookin good beth :)neo

neo
08-23-2006, 10:51
:) wow beth.lookin good,keep on hiking:cool: neo


Miller's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Monday, August 21, 2006
Destination: South Arm Rd., Andover, ME
Starting Location: Sabbath Day Pond Lean-to
Today's Miles: 17.00
Trip Miles: 1523.10
The rain had stopped and due to the lack of drinking water on the last section of the trail, I decided to push the 17 miles into South Arm Rd. and go into Andover where, I hope, there is a maildrop waiting.
After ony a few miles, it began to rain. At least, I learned my lesson and put on my raingear immedately. The cool temps and rain are not conducive to a comfortable day. My first misadventure was fording a stream. My boots were completely soaked but I decided not to wear them across so they wouldn't be 10 pounds apiece filled with more water. Mistake #2: deciding to go barefoot. Standing on the edge of the stream deciding what path to take, the rocks beneath me rolled and I sat down getting the bottom of my pack and me wet and dunking my boots. The water was cold and my feet hurt as I approached the far side only to lose my balance and my poles. I managed to land on the bank as the poles headed downstream. Thankfully the poles got caught on some weeds and didn't go far. Sitting down to wring out my socks and dump a cup of water out of each boot, my feet were hurting. Upon closer inspection when attempting to dry them, I had ripped 1/2 of a toenail off. Ouch! Nothing to do bu!
t put on socks and boots and carry on. The feet were too wet for any bandage to stick.
The hike was great! For the first time in a while it was easy hiking. The terrain was not too difficult and the time passed quickly. The challenge was to not step on the roots (slippery!) and to get around the huge puddles in the trail. Some puddles hide mud 12+ inches deep and some are just knee deep. There was a lot of rock hopping.
Old Blue Mtn. was the last obstacle of the day. I was surprised at how easy the ascent was given the sharp profile. On the way down there was a steep section with ladder rungs and handrails and then to my peasure it was only moderately steep and easy. Until...halfway down it was really steep. Many places would be too steep for ladder regulations and to make things more interesting, the trail would take a sharp turn at the bottom and if the turn was missed, a not so nice trip off the side of the mountain. It was a slow trip down with only one fall.
As my water purifer was expected in Andover I called Pine Ellis Lodging and they came and picked me up. Luckily the cell phone got a signal, the first connection in 4 days. Paul & David picked me up and handed me a soft drink then took me to the B&B.
Bed at 9:30.
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neo
08-29-2006, 12:52
Tooth Fairy's 2006
Appalachian Trail Journal

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Saturday, August 26, 2006
Destination: Trident Col Campsite
Starting Location: Carlos Col Lean-to
Today's Miles: 9.60
Trip Miles: 1567.20
The day began with a boulder scramble. Rocks the size of Hummers and smaller needed to be negotiated right off the bat. Sometimes an extra 3 inches on each leg would come in handy.
New Hampshire seems to be easier, so far, than Maine. Today's climbs were not bad. The worst thing was some of the bog walks were under waterby 5-6 inches and took some ingenuity to keep the feet out of the thick black muddy water. There are still some steep downs but I did manage not to fall today, so that is something. It seems there are more birds and squirrels here as well. I'm looking out for more moose.
Maine is now history in my walk. Only six more states ot go and 592.7 miles. Not bad, about 100 miles per state.
I met Paul with Bunions today as well as Robin, traveling with Mapman, and Dr. Dick. Here at the tentsite are Alabama Bob Rambo Ron and Jaws. Captain Seagrass headed on into Gorham to re-supply. That is my destination tomorrow where I'll pick up my maildrop and get cleaned up and plan my trip thru the White Mountains. I have been encouraged to take my time and savorthe beauty of the Whites. We'll see what kind of time is workable. As is par, it is supposed to be wet for my introduction.
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:) i will by ya lunch at patty's when you finish:cool: neo

Smile
08-29-2006, 16:22
Go Girl! Hope your hike is beautiful, keep up the good hike, we're rooting for you here ;-)

Trillium
08-30-2006, 07:14
I was reading the trail journal this morning and just noticed that she changed the name of it from Turtle2 to Tooth Fairy. Is that because of all the trouble she was having earlier in the hike?

neo
08-30-2006, 08:02
I was reading the trail journal this morning and just noticed that she changed the name of it from Turtle2 to Tooth Fairy. Is that because of all the trouble she was having earlier in the hike?


turtle2 was not her trail name,turtle 2 is her whiteblaze screen name
her trail journal started out as beth miller thats her real name,i am not sure
were tooth fairy came from:cool: neo

neo
09-29-2006, 09:44
Appalachian Trail Journal
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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Destination: Home
Starting Location: Williamstown, MA
Today's Miles: 0.00
Trip Miles: 1840.10
It was a 37 hour bus ride home with 3 transfers and many stops. All in all, it wasn't too bad other than the lack of sleep.
Here is a bit of gear review.
GoLite Infinity Pack: Bad choice. It has very little suspension and I found it not durable at all. With one fall, items inside caused the top lid to rip. There is no padding to speak of on the waist belt and toward the end of the trip it would not hold in the same spot causing the weight to transfer mostly to my shoulders. The waist is pulling out of the pack and the stitching on the back / side seams is also giving way. By the way, this was the 2nd pack. The first Infinity lasted less than 30 days before the seams opened up along the back.
Mountain Hardware Phantom 32 Sleeping bag: No complaints. It kept me warm on the really cold nights. Hindsite has me wishing for a full zip as it was used as a quilt over my liner on the warmer nights.
3/4 length Thermarest Pad: Great! I am short enough that when I curl up I am entirely on the pad. The full length pad would have been overkill, not to mention heavier.
Henry Shires Tarptent-Squall 2: Performed well. I liked the fact that I, and my pack could spread out inside. Some condensation on cooler, still nights but no dripping or spraying.
Marmot Dri-clime Windstopper 1/2 zip jacket: Best purchase made. I wore this EVERY day of the hike. It looks like new and did not absorb odors. It was light enough to buffer a cool evening breeze and warm enough to begin my 40 degree mornings.
Marmot PreCip Jacket: Worked well. While there is no escaping sweating in the rain going up a good sized hill, it kept me dry. I was very pleased that as clumsy as I can be running in to broken limbs on trees beside the trail, it did not puncture, even when I was caught on a limb. My only regret is that I got a light cream color (all that was on sale at the time). It does show a slight discoloration on the back where the pack rested.
Rain Pants: REI These were admittedly old (15-20 years) and of an outdated technology but they performed well in the few times worn in the rain. Mostly they were used as camp pants in the evening and wind pants on Katahdin and the Presidentials.
Stove: Vargo titaniam: Small alcohol stove that worked well. Light weight. No fuss, no muss design. Good for one person not in a hurry. If I wanted to speed up my cooking, or cooked for more than myself, I would seriously look in to the Jet Boil systems.
Shorts: REI The shorts were good and the stuff used to repel water works. It was nice for the shorts not to be soaked right away and they dried relatively quickly. I especially like the pockets.
Shirt: HIND brand. This is a running shirt. Lightweight. Did not absorb stains, even blood. Dried quickly. Only complaint, got a bit too hot in the dryer and puckered in a couple of places.
Shoes/boots: New Balance Country Walker (leather mid-boot) Worked reasonably well with few blisters. The soles did not wear as well as I would like but lasted at least 700 miles.
Vasque Velocity trail runners: Almost 800 miles before they wore out. Again with very few rubbing spots/blisters.
I prefer my Bridgedale socks over my SmartWools and Wigwam Socks. The Bridgedales hug my feet (more stretch?) and last longer. They also don't snag and look ragged. The new SmartWools sagged after the first day whereas the Bridgedales didn't sag for over a year. The SmartWools stretched when wet and bunched more inside the boot. Wigwams make great mittens.
My thanks to all who have taken an interest in my hike. It was truly an adventure and lots of fun. The people I met and those who extended kindness to me have a special place in my heart and thoughts. For those who hike and for those who are true trail angels, I can never forget you.
I do plan to finish, hopefully in April 2007. In the interim, I'll watch, walk and dream. Be well, take care. Beth http://trailjournals.com/images/button_rate.gif (http://trailjournals.com/ratepost.cfm?Entry=158077&trailnameid=4038)
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:) welcome home beth:cool: neo