May 7 2012 from Shelia
I really don't have any news. I have received a SPOT message each day.
They are alive!!! As I have said I can't really pinpoint their location. It looks to me like they are on Dismal Creek Road getting close to Pearisburg, Virginia, which is 630 miles into the trip. The pacing schedule has them at Pearisburg on 05/09/12. As of Friday they were one day off schedule. Amy talked to Branden today. He said a severe thunderstorm sent them seeking shelter. I have received 3 boxes of "unnecessary" items in the past few days. The winter gear is slowly but surely returning. Hopefully they will be able to move to the lightweight summer gear soon. Although backpacking is harder in hot weather.
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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.