This update will be short. When I started writing the update, we had not heard from Adventure Girl since Wednesday June 29th. Worry had settled in … Thankfully, I just received a message from Adventure Girl’s Mom. The SPOT updates are not going through, but Adventure Girl is fine.
Though reception deep within the AT is sporadic at best, Adventure Girl has done a great job of checking in with her family throughout her journey. I suppose, as she nears the final thick of things, we’ll have to accept the fact that updates will be days apart.
Her last SPOT update had her straddling the New Hampshire/Vermont border somewhere along Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. On Monday June 27th, she accessed her Facebook account from the hostel where she stayed for the night. She wrote on Facebook, “Less than 450 miles left! Whooo! The mental preparation for The Whites begins!“
On June 28th, my cousin – another Northbounder who finished the AT nearly 9 years ago, wrote to Adventure Girl, “We will be starting at Jo Mary Rd in the 100 mile wilderness heading for Katahdin on July 31…something tells me we will be following your dust! Enjoy the Whites!!” The next day, on the 29th of June, Adventure Girl responded to my cousin, “I hope to be! I want to finish before the 29th! Gonna need to hike like I mean business! haha”
The final 450 miles may prove challenging for all of us in the peanut gallery, since contact with Adventure Girl will more than likely be limited. As her Mom said, “It may be a long last couple hundred miles of worry for us!”
Adventure Girl has made it this far – clearly, she knows how to take care of herself. With her eyes are on the prize, completing the trail by July 29th, we’ll have to accept the fact that the updates will be sporadic. Please keep Adventure Girl in your thoughts; I’m guessing these last hundred miles are going to be some of the toughest for her.
For information on The Whites, you may be interested in clicking on the following links:
Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Whites Mountains
Guidelines for Thru-Hikers (PDF)