Michael called today as he was crossing the Mason-Dixon line. It was
1PM. At that time he had hiked 1058 miles, 32 miles from halfway. I
predict he will hit the halfway point Wednesday. He has finished 6
states; Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virgina (the
longest) and Maryland. He has 8 more to go; Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
He was walking alone today and walked alone yesterday. Branden and
Polaris are ahead of Michael. I know Michael is about 10 miles ahead of
Gumpy because I had a voice mail from Gumpy today. Wiffle is from this
area so he, Blues Clues and Hawk are staying at his place most nights.
Michael said he is enjoying himself though. The weather has cooled off
so that helps. The terrain is getting rockier. It will get a lot worse
the farther north he hikes. Pennsylvania has lots and lots of rocks.
He said he was walking along this morning and his back started burning.
He thought he had a sunburn on his back and then realized he is carrying
a large backpack so that is not possible. When he removed his backpack
and shirt to check out the situation his shirt had been eaten all the
way through by the friction of the backpack. He turned the shirt around
but thinks he better get another one asap. He has only worn it every day
since he started on March 22. I bet it smells good. Even though they
do their laundry every chance they get the clothes retain the hiker
odor. Not very pleasant. lol
Thanks for your support,
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.