Two states down!!

What an awesome ZERO day. We can’t thank our host and hostess Second Nature and Grateful enough. They were awesome and took very good care of us! Checking another state off the list feels so good. 160 miles, 13 days! Like I said, NH was very good to us and we enjoyed it immensely. The…

Mile 442.3 – Days 36-38

Hello from Hanover, NH! This trail town is right on the border of Vermont, so that means we (us & Fire Marshall) have officially finished NH! We hiked about 12 miles today and got in around lunch … Thru hikers get a free slice of pizza at Ramuto’s, a free Snickers bar at The Mountain…

Mile 398.5 – Days 27-35

Hello from Glencliff, NH! I know it’s been awhile and you are all awaiting an update! We have been without services for most of our NH hike. But, today we took a nero at a hiker hostel. And once again, this town has no cell service, but has wireless Internet. All I really wanted was…

MAINE – 1 state down, 13 to go!

So we’ve finished Maine! It was exactly 281.4 miles, the second longest state on the trail. I wouldn’t exactly call ME easy, but the challenges were rewarded with incredible beauty, much of it in remote wilderness. Here’s a recap of Maine …24 days11 nights slept in a tent8 nights slept in a lean-to shelter 5…

Mile 297.9 – Days 23-26

Hello from Gorham, NH, where we are enjoying yet another wonderful hiker hostel! We have finished Maine!!! It feels so good to have one state under our belt. A real mental boost for sure. But, Maine did not let us get out without a few more bumps and bruises … Here’s a recap of the…

Mile 187.8 – Days 13-16

The last update I gave you was from the Northern Outdoors Center, where we hobnobbed with some NOBOs and enjoyed the center’s luxuries. We even ran into some friends from NH (Grant and Jill who run Untamed New England Adventure Race). They gave us a dose of trail magic by picking up our tab at…

AT Mile 114.5 – Days 1-10

We are currently in Monson, ME, taking a near-zero (nero) day at Shaw’s Lodging, an awesome hiker hostel. We have showered, eaten and are now catching up with the outside world. First of all, we want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, text messages, voice mails, letters, etc. We have had a great time…

44 miles complete!

We are about to go to bed but I turned on my phone and saw very random little service in Maine’s 100-mile wilderness. Figured I’d let you all know we are doing great and have been hiking for 4 days now and are 44 miles in! Keep those thoughts and prayers coming because they have…

One Last Post

This may be my last post before we start hiking 5 million steps on the AT, but I have a few last-minute updates.Our starting weights are:Patrice (yes I am admitting my weight to the Internets, gasp): 133.8 lbsJustin: 155.2 lbsOur first mail drop will be in Monson, ME. We expect to arrive there June 17,…

4 Days!!!

I can’t even begin to describe the roller coaster of craziness we are on. We’ve been in just about every state in May … except maybe Minnesota? We’ve been packing, unpacking, visiting family/friends, concert-going (J), sleeping in a different bed every night, trying to plan out those last-minute trail details and making sure our life…

One Week from the AT!

We are just days from starting our big hike and things are super busy, but I am long overdue for updates. Numero uno thing requires a back story. J can’t eat nuts. On the trail, one of the best sources of protein is nuts. Most granola bars contain nuts for this reason (I assume). J…

Valley of the SUN

We spent 4 days in Phoenix. It was certainly nice to see the sun, since NH has apparently strayed far, far, far from the center of the solar system. Here’s how I know we are lacking in our vitamin D. Homeless Man in the Park says to J: Brother, you need to get some sun.Then…

Chop, Chop

We’re still in Phoenix and it’s hot. We are getting ready to attend Sunshine’s wedding and we were all sitting around hanging out, including my old hairdresser from when I lived here. Well, we got to talking about me cutting my hair before the trail and donating it. I had a hair appt scheduled for…

Adios Fernando

We sold my car yesterday. It was bittersweet for me because Fernando & I have been together longer than J & I have been! He has lived coast to coast with me and we have shared 124,000 miles together. I know his new owner will take very good care of him, so that helps. We…