Day 70: Harpers Ferry Hostel, MD to Pine Knob

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Well, I had been waiting for this day and it finally came: hiking with a migraine. Ugh.  Before that happened, the day was going well. Started at the hostel which has make your own pancakes for breakfast. Richard, the british guy, cooked up bacon and I did the pancakes... Phenomenal. I coated my cakes with butter, just for the calories... Normally I don't really like butter.

I forgot to mention last entry that Richard, the British guy that biked in from DC, went to aviation school at WMU, which of course is across the street from Kalamazoo College. We talked about the bars of Kzoo for a spell. small world!!

Hiked through many heavy but brief rain showers today and the trail was a river in most places and a pond in others... My shoes are wet enough to swim in. My feet look like prunes but hopefully I'll get them enough air before putting on the wet shoes and socks tomorrow.

Stopped in at Gathland State Park and the war correspondents arch right during a downpour, so I went inside the free museum for an escape.  Really nice woman inside gave me the run down on this somewhat energetic, slightly egocentric character from the Civil War days... Great break from the elements!

My second break was lunch, spent at a really nice new shelter (Rocky Run) I'm still suffering from not being able to find much food, so lunch was quite meager and unsatisfying.  We've been hiking along some famous civil war battleground areas and after lunch I was approaching a road crossing and saw this familiar looking sign. I thought to myself, that's odd, Maryland must use the exact same historical marker signs as Michigan!  Well as I got closer, it turned out to actually be a Michigan historical sign, right on the trail commemorating the 17th Regiment that fought at the battle of South Mtn.

Dinner time I was passing the Old South Mtn Restaurant and I stopped in and had an absolute splurge meal. Beautful Rockfish Chesapeake with a lovely salad... Mmm. The restaurant itself was from 1730, had seen many presidential and other famous visits, was captured by John Brown's loyals, and played a role in the Civil War. Beautiful place as well.

After dinner I climbed up the trail and suddenly had tunnel vision. Boy it's hard enough to walk on the rocks when you can see them well... Downright dangerous when you can't judge distances or focus.  Fortunately I did make it safely here to camp. Amongst the hikers is Slapshot, who I hadn't met before and a section hiker from Grand Rapids.

Interesting little sidenote, walked by the Washington Monument today, the original. Built much before the big one in Washington, DC, it is small but has a great view out at Antietam and Hagerstown.

Feeling pretty bad with the headache still so I'm hoping to recover with sleep. Hopefully I won't have to deal with anymore of these since I only get them typically 1-2 times a year.  Nice email from Grandma Connor, thanks. She wants to know, what/ where is OTTO (historical)??? Great question... I don't really know but it appears to be in Kansas. I set my journal to my current location but something went wrong and it posted the location as being this city...

I guess technology can't be perfect. I'll fix up the locations and add pictures (and fix typos) when I'm not hiking anymore.

So how are y'all doing? I'm feeling like I should have just stayed another day at the warm cozy hostel!! But you don't get to Maine that way.
Until the next time,
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Uncle Mike on

Way to go, Robert (Donner)! I just talked to Sarah a couple of days ago and she said that she was hoping to join up with your for a short walk in the woods when you get to Pennsylvania. That may me difficult to arrange but I know that she has good intentions. I also know that she is a great hiking companion on the AT. I walked with her a short distance in Maine near the border with New Hampshire, and we climbed Katadin together once.
You are sure an inspiration!
It was great showing your mom around a bit of Singapore. She sounds like she has been having fun in Thailand and Cambodia. You two will have some great stories to exchange. She mentioned that you might do some of that sharing in Cape Breton this summer. That would be cool!
Uncle Mike

Raymond 'Rain Man' Myers on

If you enjoy history, then Model-T's AT book, "Walking with the Ghost Whisperers" is good for the Civil War area that you are passing through, including Gathland. Just fyi. RM

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