Hi all, I have had a few days off to rest and rejuvenate. I want to thank Didier and Matthieu for keeping the hike going, and blogging daily. I will likely take a couple days off regularly because the Appalachian Trail can be grueling (even without ALS). I also want to thank all the folks who have donated to ALS ONE through my website, because it is making a difference. I am hoping to go national to continue to raise awareness of ALS and funds for research. I am grateful to People Magazine for their interest and for helping to spread my message through their online site at people.com.
The trail yesterday was a bit of a challenge because the first third of it was super steep. It was not a long trail to the Stony Brook Shelter, 4.5 miles up and down. The last 1.5 miles were downhill, a different challenge. We made it to the shelter at 6:00, luckily in time to get a place inside (although it was tight) and before the rain began. I want to thank Ted and Didier for carrying more than their share and making my pack lighter, which helped a lot.
Today, we have a 10 miler to the next shelter. I am ready.