Saturday, April 27, 2013

500 Miles


We have successfully hiked 500 miles on the AT. At exactly the 500 mile mark, we made this video to commemorate our success thus far!

Also: DON'T PANIC but Shanty Town has TEMPORARILY split up. Dumptruck and I have a wedding that we will have to attend in Boston on May 11th, which means that in 2 weeks, Dumptruck and I will have to take 4 zero days (one day to get to Boston, two for the wedding, and one day to travel back down to Virginia). Because we are very intent on finishing the trail with Shanty Town, we figured out that we need to get ahead of them by 4 days. That way, when we come back to the trail our mileage will all add up and Dumptruck and I won't have to skip any miles in order to hike with Shanty Town for the rest of the trail. 

Unfortunately with the upcoming terrain, the best places for Dumptruck and I to do some extra long mile days (to pull ahead) are right now. If we waited, then we'd be trying to do a bunch of 20 mile days next week over Dragon's Tooth and other terrifyingly-named sections of the trail. Whereas our current section doesn't have as much crazy elevation change. Last night (the night of the 26th) was our last night all together. The plan is that Dumptruck and I will get to Daleville on May 9th, leave for the wedding, and be back to Daleville on May 13th. The rest of Shanty Town just has to get to Daleville by May 13th. Dumptruck and I will be averaging 18 mile days and the rest of Shanty Town will have to average 13 miles a day.

We're exchanging 2 weeks apart in order to spend the rest of the trail together. We figured it's what makes the most sense, so no one has to take 4 forced zeros while Dumptruck and I gallivant up the countryside in a car. 

REMINDER: DON'T PANIC.

In the meanwhile, here are the other Shanty Town blogs so you can follow our temporarily separated journeys!

12 comments:

  1. Yeah for 500 miles!!! LOVE the video. AWESOME!!! Sorry and glad at the same time that you are splitting up. It's so wonderful that Shanty Town wants to finish the trail together. We know after your wedding and your 2 week separation that there will be an amazing reunion.
    Enjoy the wedding celebration.
    -Margie and Maurice

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    1. We are also both sad and yet glad that it'll work out. We will be checking in with Hot Dog the whole time! We know she'll be safe with the rest of Shanty Town :)

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  2. AWESOME video! Too much fun. So glad to see everyone having such a blast. You're gonna miss being together but your plan sounds great. We'll be thinking of you and checking on everyone each day. If you think happy thoughts for one another you'll carry each other along. Shanty Town forever! Love and miss you! Mom and Dad

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  3. Congrats Shanty Town...hope to meet you all when you reach New Jersey! Thanks for the video, it was great to see your smiles!

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  4. Hey this is Trekker! Congrats on making 500 miles! Glad you guys are getting better! After my second bout with the flu and having lost 18lbs, I left the trail at 19E on Monday, 15 April. Pilgrim continue without me on Tuesday the 16th. Sorry we lost you at Hiawassee. Kept looking for you.

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    1. TREKKER! We kept hoping to be able to catch you. I'm so sorry about you getting the flu twice. I'm glad you are safe, and I completely understand and respect your decision. We missed you and your great energy! I hope you are feeling better.
      Much love,
      Clever Girl

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    1. Thanks! We had to do something- we'll do something for 1,000 miles too!

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  6. Hey, this is Apple Butter's mother. I love the video, thanks for sharing. yea for 500 miles! Hike on!

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    1. Thank you! Apple Butter is so lovely, we're lucky to be able to spend time with her :)

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