Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike, Pennsylvania to Connecticut

Written by Afterburner. Added on June 27, 2006.

This travelogue was written while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Every once in a while Afterburner had a chance to let us all know about what he had seen and where he was. You might want to start reading from the beginning of the log.

Surprise, It’s me, long time between internet access. Have now hiked 1447 miles, and am 2/3 done. I am now in Kent, Connecticut and will be home for the 4th holidays.

Hiking in Pennsylvania was no picnic, lots of rocks, tons of rocks. Also snakes. Almost got bit by a copperhead on Pulpit Rock, next day, almost stepped on a 4-1/2-foot timber rattler that was lying on the trail. Pennsylvania has some great trail towns, Duncannon, Port Clinton, & Delaware Water Gap. Great hospitality and good food.

Had an encounter with a 450 lb. black bear in New Jersey, I am OK. New Jersey was not what I expected, lots of mountains and rolling farm land, a very beautiful state. Hiked over High Point, the highest point in the state—it had a monument on it, looked like a small Washington Monument.

New York was very rocky and mountainous. The trails were in need of maintainance, very poorly marked and overgrown. Tough hiking with all the rain, you got wet just from the overgrowth collecting moisture at night. Has been raining for over a week now,and all my things are wet and smell pretty bad. Looking forward to being home and seeing everyone again.

Until next time, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers,

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike