5-17-2012 All Smiles
I had a few minutes last night to get on the computer and look at the Ky Heartwood site...you guys have done a really great job. I had the rest of the guys look at the site and we got a kick out of the picture. We got a good laugh.
Today we leave Daleville and head toward the SNP thru the Blue Ridge range. Resupply is limited in this area and the weather is heating up. We have been treated like royalty here by Joe and Dianne and all we could do was mow the yard for them and pick some mulberries. Dianne is cooking breakfast right now and we are getting stuff together to leave. I guess we'll do about 20 miles today and same tomorrow. I loved this area and look forward to the next section. I hope that the word gets out about the fund raising aspect of this walk. I'd love to see some heightened interest in the constant battle for protecting these areas. The AT is a traverse thru such a variety of landscapes and we can consider ourselves lucky to have 2,000 miles of trail which passes through these eastern forests. I can see the evidence of damage though. We often see the world outside the linear path of the AT and it serves as a reminder that we have so much more to do. I love you all and am now being reminded by all of the fellows who I am traveling with that if funds are raised, and if the amount is substantial, they expect a cut. I think they are kidding but we'll have to see how much is raised first.
Russell (Calh319) Abney
5/19/2012 02:02:01 am
Hey Michael, wish I was there with you hiking. I am so glad you are have a great time and meeting all of those wonderful AT folks. In my limited AT hiking I have meet so many section and thru hikers that have made hiking an adventure and not work or a job. I look forward to seeing all of your photos when you have competed your thru, let me know if you are having a finish party in Ky and I will see if I can make it up for the excitement.
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Bath County, Kentucky resident, Michael Campbell, is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise funds for the not-for-profit group dedicated to protecting Kentucky’s native forests, Kentucky Heartwood. Michael, a long-time member of Kentucky Heartwood, began his hike on March 22 at Springer Mountain, Georgia. By the first of September, after covering 2,181 miles of trail by foot, Michael will reach Katadhin Mountain in Maine and complete the entire trail.