July 18th, 2012
Michael called yesterday. He was in Vermont where the Long Trail and
the AT meet, 45 miles from New Hampshire. He should get to New
Hampshire on Thursday. He was 480 miles from Mt. Katahdin in
Millinocket, Maine. He said it felt good to be under 500 miles from the
end. Of course he will hike the 81 miles he missed when he came home
for Mom's funeral and the 53 miles he aquablazed as we travel south.
He said the weather is HOT and HUMID. He said he had a bandana tied to
his backpack. The bandana didn't touch his skin. There was no rain.
When he stopped to rest the bandana was wet from humidity. We can all
identify with his weather conditions. I guess it could feel worse if we
were walking up and down mountains 25 miles every day. lol
A story Michael told me...He hung his shirt on a tree limb and a chipmunk
ate holes in it. He is sending the shirt home and told me he wants to keep
it just to show how wild and dangerous life is on the AT. lol
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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.