Just got off the phone with Michael and Branden. I hadn't heard from
them in a couple of days because AT&T cell service is terrible. They
called from Wiffle Ball's phone. They are all doing well. They were
laughing and giggling like little school girls.
They are at mile marker 760, Black Rock. They intend to hike 20 miles
today and end up near Big Island, VA. Their pacing schedule shows them
3 days behind. Remember though the pacing schedule doesn't allow for
zero or nero days so we knew from the beginning there was no way to stay
exactly on track with that schedule. We will now have to improvise on
our original plan, which was made back in March. Tyler and I were to
meet them tomorrow in Waynesboro, VA and hike to Front Royal, VA. We
planned to hike with them for 6 days and leave them on Monday, Memorial
Day. As it turns out they are 96 miles from Waynesboro right now.
If they can hike 20 plus miles each day they may make Waynesboro Wednesday
evening. Possibly Thursday. The problem is mine and Tyler's jobs. Of
course work always gets in the way of fun. I have to be back at Kroger
on Wednesday, the 30th, and Tyler has to be at work in Memphis no later
than Thursday, the 31st. He has an 8 hour drive back to Memphis. We
will have at least a 6 hour drive home from Virginia. We must leave
Virginia on Tuesday, the 29th. That will only give us 4-5 days of
hiking. We won't be able to make Front Royal. Tyler may be glad we
aren't hiking 107 miles. lol I'm a little disappointed although I
totally understand. It will still be fun and I am very excited about
seeing Tyler (he should be here today) and Michael and Branden.
I hope you were all able to view the picture of the crew. A few people
have commented on Michael's beard and Branden's muscles. That age
difference comes into play yet again. lol
I will keep you posted.
Many of these posts are by Shelia Campbell, Michael's wife <3
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.