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March 22, 2008 4:12 PM

Family of Josh and Amanda - we hiked for about an hour today on the Roan Mt. - they are having a great time and look wonderful! We took a pic of them that I will send to their email.

Josh and Amanda - we were the family from Louisiana that picked your brain about hiking the trail. I think we will definitily try a 3 or 4 day section. When I told my husband that I really wanted to do it his first comment was - "but the Inca Trail has porters". Have a great hike - we talked about you guys the whole way home - love the website.

-- Julie & Ashley Foret

Roan Mt.

March 20, 2008 9:57 PM

Hey Amanda & Josh,
I can't believe the awesome progress you two have made! I'm following along with you in spirit, getting updates from your site and mom! The memories you are making will last a lifetime. Enjoy every step of the way! You guys rock!

Take care,


P.S. Just because you haven't actually seen a bear, doesn't mean they aren't there. Trust me, they really do **** in the woods. So...stay safe!!!

-- Shelley

Jacksonville, NC

March 20, 2008 3:10 PM

I really enjoyed reading your entries and envy your adventure. A friend of mine named wrongway is hiking behind you but if you happen to see him say hello.

-- Dan Matheny


March 19, 2008 2:01 PM

Great Journal! Thanks for sharing...\\r\\nSee my comment on March 3 regarding foot pain and a possible treatment.\\r\\nHappy Trails!

-- Gerald Hutchinson

North Carolina

March 19, 2008 7:40 AM

Hello again Amanda and Josh,

I just finished reading your updates and am glad to hear you made it into Erwin for some R&R, I bet you both really needed it. I wanted to let you know that I posted the pic. I took of you on (it is under HikerMan36 picture entries), I hope you don't mind but I thought that you might like to see it as well as your family and friends. I hope you guys continue to enjoy your hike and I look forward to following your progress.

-- Brian(HikerMan)


March 18, 2008 3:38 PM

Excellent long trail maps. Thanks a lot!


My 1,000 Mile Hike and Paddle Across Alaska

-- Colter


March 18, 2008 1:46 PM

I'm glad you guys updated. I was starting to wonder if you'd been eaten by bears. Also, thanks Willy and Karen for updating here as well that our hikers are safe. :)

And... Outhouse picture! Made my week. :)

-- Jillann

Bloomington, IN

March 17, 2008 6:02 AM

Happy ST. Patrick's Day! We spent yesterday spreading mulch in high-60s-degree weather (a far cry from snow on Snowbird Mt.!), but none the less still thinking about all the folks we ran into on the AT last week between I-40 and the French Broad River. Give us a day and we'll try to send some of this nice spring weather your way...

Our test run on whether to attempt a thru hike ended with the only remaining question being whether to do it in 2010 or 2012. I think the infectious enthusiasm of the people we met on the trail was the deciding factor. Now if we can just figure a way to cut out 60 pounds of our combined pack weights!

Best of luck in the miles to come. We'll be tracking your progress on the way north, but with a good bit of confidence, as you both have "2000-miler success" written all over you!

Let us know sometime if you need a Care package...

-Your breakfast mates from Hot Springs, NC

-- Woody&Cynthia

Corinth, MS

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