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May 18th

Sleeping inside is hard. Eventhough I was curled up on a very compfy couch, I found it difficult to sleep with the noise of church bells going off evey hour, trains blowing their horns, an people remotely locking their cars.

the morning came much too quickly but after Karen aka Donkey Whisperer, made a HUGE breakfast with tons of yummy fruits,coffee, eggs and carbs I was stoked.

We returned to harpers ferry and did the photo at the ATC center. (they take a picture of all thru hikers and keep them in a book) it was sooooo much fun to open up the 2003 book and find my picture from my first thru hike. I also checked out Puff and Snappy, bree LTC, trail frog, spiderman, space monkey, chickenfeet, and flanders……man I miss my 2003 Safety Crew! I took pictures of their pictures and will be posting them in a couple days when I get home to he folks in gettysburg.

After the photo session karen and I grabbed some lunch and couple beers before heading back to Sheperdstown. Karen and Kristy gave me a tour of all the new buildings and the new art building at Sheperd College…errrrr University now…..man, wish I had all this when I went here for college 9 years ago!

One of the highlights of the day was going to get icecream in Sharpsburg with Karen and Kristy and my favorite college professor Rhonda Smith! It was so much fun to catch up. She stills has that dynamic energy and a huge smile that I loved A decade ago.
Yo yo…whats the haps! Haha!

After icecream we headed back to Karens and Karen cooked up another HUGE meal. The el was shared with a couple of karens friends, karens 2002 AT hiking partner, and ]cott my college roomate.

Glad scott was able to come down and hang out for a couple hours. It was great catching up. Hope he cn make it back to my cabin sometime this early Fall when I return….. and too bad scotts girlfirend, Courtney, could not make it.

After everyone left KarEn and I spent the night gabbing like school children late into the evening.

A great way to spend a day…..!

May 19th.

I slept much better the second night. Guess my body adjusted quickly to the town noise.

Woke and and took a nice shower and made some coffee. Ahhhhhh….I like days like this.

Karen cooked up her third HUGE meal in two days and we feasted on country ham, pig pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, and grapefruit.apple.bananna mixed in yogert. Mmmmmmmm great way to start the day.

After cleaning up it was time for me to return to the trail…..but first Karen had to help stitch up a torn part of my backpack. Her stiching was magnificent!

We drove to the dollar store in search of Mad Lips but were not able to find them. Do they not make mad lips anymore? Guess kids dont need to know what pronouns or verbs are.

On the way back to the trail we bumped into General Lee, Wild Man and Twigs! Great to see them again! They were, however, taking a zero so they will be a day behind.

At 1020am Karen droppe me off at the trial head and we said our goodbyes.

thank you Karen for th amaing couple of days. You are truely one of the most beautiful and selfless people in the whole world! I LOVE YA! Maybe we will get to hike together somewhere North. Youre the BEST!

I hiked out of hapers ferry.

This MD section of trail Ive done about 20 times. I spent most of the time reliving memories from past hikes….the boyscouts, weekends by myself, weekend with Sam, my 2003 thru hike, and of course the seven 50 mile races that Ive done thru here. ahhhhh the memories…

Needless to say I didnt spent much time stopping…just cruosed for 25 miles without stopping today and found a nice campspot near mile 1037. Not far away is the sweet sound of I70. Damn. Not much wilderness thru here.

The past two days were awesome but glad to be back on the trail. Tomorrow night I will viit with my other college roomate, andy and his family. Looking forward to it.

Then by friday evening I will be back home in gettysburg for 3 to 6 days off. I will post more info on that by Saturday…… For now its nearing 8pm…time for bed.

peace love and handstands

Posted: May 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm





  • Johanna says:

    Hi, I am a friend of Murphy’s. I love keeping up with you on your hike! I wanted to let you know that Mad Libs are available online. Maybe at your next stop, you could get some printed out? I haven’t seen them in the stores though. My students love them too!! :)

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  • SpaceMonkey03 says:

    Hey brother!

    Sounds like you’re hiking the good hike. Glad to get a little shout out at Harpers. Keep on wandering north, watch out for gnomes, and have a safe trip.

    Be well,

    Monkey03

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    dan

    May 20th

    okay so a couple of things that i need to say… peanut butter pancakes sound phenominal. secondly, are you coming for memorial day???

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    Johanna

    May 20th

    Hi, I am a friend of Murphy’s. I love keeping up with you on your hike! I wanted to let you know that Mad Libs are available online. Maybe at your next stop, you could get some printed out? I haven’t seen them in the stores though. My students love them too!! :)

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    SpaceMonkey03

    June 7th

    Hey brother!

    Sounds like you’re hiking the good hike. Glad to get a little shout out at Harpers. Keep on wandering north, watch out for gnomes, and have a safe trip.

    Be well,

    Monkey03

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