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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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What a great idea and wonderful gesture you guys made. Nothing like getting your info right from the horses mouth. I have been thinking of Lyme with all the hikes you have been doing. The NE is one of the worst places for it. I left a workamping position at a refuge in CT one time because everyone had it and found out it was named after Lyme, CT right up the road. God Bless.

What a great experience and one very appreciated I'm sure:)

We saw "Trail Magic" in action when we hiked the AT from Clingman's Dome to Newfound Gap in Smokey Mountain NP. On the trail a woman was handing out citrus...a real treat for the thru hikers. Another group had set up like you and Linda with a grill, chairs, etc. to provide a resting spot picnic:o)) It was obvious, like you said, the "Magic" happens for both the receivers and the givers...NICE JOB!!!

This was the BEST post that I've read in a while...Thank you for providing the trail magic to the hikers! So inspirational!

Howard, I'm curious, do the hikers, any of them, carry any communication equipment? Phones, GPS, tablets etc?

Love, love this! What a great experience for all of you. I can see Linda doing this when you're on the trail.

Thanks for that post Howard, being a former AT thru hiker it brought back many menories and tears of joy. Trail magic wasn't so common when I was hiking but it was just so welcome when I came across it. One time it was only containers of fresh water and as it was in an area where there was a shortage of water on the trail it was soo much appreciated.

As was mentoned to you hiking the AT is tough but can be the most rewarding thing you do in your life, it was for me.
You need to do your AT hike while your health is good and you body is able, one can never tell what's around the corner.

We wonder what your trail name will be??

What you are doing and preparing to do, is so neat. I have hiked different portions of the AT in different states and kept the plan to do more of it in the back of my mind for a while. We wish you the best in your hike and look forward to the book you MUST publish once you have completed the trek.
God Bless dear friends. Hope we meet up with you somewhere down the road. Many Hugs from Marilyn & I.

Jim,
These days almost every thru-hiker carries a cell phone. They can get a signal on most of the mountains and ridges on the AT as well as in towns. Keeping batteries charged can be an issue, but the device can serve for communication, maps, GPS, music, an eReader, and more.

Some will carry an additional GPS or tracking device. There are PLBs (personal locator beacons) and satellite messengers that use satellite technology.

That was so cool and extremely interesting. Thanks for taking the time to explain all the different ways to hike the trail...including the flip floppers which I found particularly interesting. Bet you guys had a blast.

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