Half way and sick in Carlisle, PA

The section from Harpers Ferry, WV to Carlisle, PA was tough on me. The terrain was very rocky but elevation wise it was much easier than anything before. What made it tough was the heat, with days reaching 104 it was very hard to move far. I kinda hit a wall physically and mentally near the trails (1058 mile) half way marker. Outside of Boiling Springs I started to feel sick and exhausted. I have been resting at the Days Inn in Carlisle, PA for 4 days.

I enjoy having a slow pace and taking breaks to rest when desired, but this has put me a little behind schedule. Baxter State Park in Maine, which is the home of MT. Katahdin the trails end point, closes for the season on October 15. I’m planning to travel up to MA, for a friends wedding on July 21, then jump back on the trail in Dalton, MA, skipping ahead about 400 miles. After I reach Katahdin, I plan to jump back on trail in Dalton, MA and hike the section I skipped, south back down to the trails mid way point in PA

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Casanova outside the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Trail in Harpers Ferry, WV

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Bridge over the Potomac River.

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Ogre and Casanova leaving Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Ogre and Casanova.

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Ogre and Casanova

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Ruins of old barn in Gathland State Park.

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The War Correspondents Arch in Gathland State Park, built in 1896.

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Washington Monument, it was built in 1827 by the villagers in Boonsboro, MD as a dedication to George Washington. The monument was also used as a signal tower by Union soldiers during the Civil War.

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Sketch enjoying the view at Annapolis Rocks.

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Sketch

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Rocky trail.

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Rocky trail.

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Railroad tracks at Mason Dixon Line.

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Crossed into Yankee territory.

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Hiker feed in Caledonia State Park, PA, hosted by Cook Dr and his family. We were served free dinner and breakfast. Thanks Cook Dr!

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Half Way marker. Only 1058 miles to go!

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Boiling Springs, PA.

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Corn field in PA.

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