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…

More Cake

It always happens that we make our friends when we are leaving a place. I’ve found as adults, it takes 3 years to settle into a place and make friends, especially when you don’t have kids to make it happen for you. We’ve been in NH for 3 years, 10 months. So without fail, for…

Friday the 13th

Today is J’s last day of work. He decided to wear his favorite green shirt.Out of the 3 years, 10 months he has been in this position, he probably wore this shirt once a week. We said more goodbyes this week. J had his spring gathering with other rec directors around the state on Wednesday…

Surprise!

We are currently in Chicagoland! We surprised J’s mom and grandma. For the past 4 years, we have been coming to Chicago for Mother’s Day, but this year we said no can do. But we lied. And they were super surprised. We got to see SILAdventure and DocDoc for all of 20 hours (6 hours…

Goods

J has the incredible ability to get things for a discount or even for free. That guy is one smooth talker … He won me over with hello. He has trained me and I have gotten better at this skill, but I will never be J. Just like Chris Angel will never be David Copperfield.…

More QT with Friends

Our yard sale helped us get rid of some small stuff and we donated the rest. We still have some bigger items, like book shelves, etc., that we’d like to divest, but there’s time and craigslist. Gotta love the craig. The rest of the weekend was spent with friends. First, we went up north to…

ONE MONTH TO GO

WE ARE NOW 31 DAYS FROM STARTING OUR TREK. Sorry for the all caps, but I am bursting with every emotion possible! So anyways, 31 days. That’s 744 hours. 44,640 minutes. You get the point. D-Day is almost upon us. Oddly enough, June 6, our starting date, IS actually the anniversary of a real D-Day,…