It’s almost like being married to the TRAIL!

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Sometimes it feels like you’re married to the trail…..just sayin….for better, for worse, for rich (feeling good), for poor (beat up).  With that in mind, this post will take an old wedding rhyme and make it appropriate for the trail!!

Something Old Let’s start with my knees & ankles…..they just take a daily beating.  Mtn. Goat has issues from time to time with feet….just OLD.

We’re in Massachusetts, so every state south has become OLD!  10 states down, 10 states OLD!  Mtn. Goat will be thru Mass. Saturday and I’ll be thru on Sunday!

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FOOD…..on the trail gets a bit old…only so many things make sense.  We may NEVER eat Ramen again, EVER?!  Spam is still a staple…..old, but still working.

Something New…New York and New Jersey may be old hat, but just a couple points of interest about the News as well as a final thought on Pennsylvania.  In my last post, Rocksylvania had not yet earned it’s nickname.  50 of its last 60 miles (NOBO) are where the name was earned!  Fair?  Not really, but tough nonetheless.  New Jersey was a pleasant surprise and more than one thru-hiker claimed it as their favorite state!  New York was straight ups and downs, especially early..direct…to the point, much like it’s inhabitants.

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Massachusetts is still new….and by the time some of you read this, it might have become old…..both Connecticut (gateway to New England) and Massachusetts started to prepare us for the next (and last) 3 states!

Both Mtn. Goat & Chopper got new backpacks that are the RIGHT size…thanks wives and thanks REI for the great return policy!

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Something Borrowed….the house we rented off of AirBnB in Kent, Connecticut for 3 days during a zero with my wonderful wife.

The time with my wife spent while SLACKPACKING 4 additional days.  She hiked with me all 4 days and put in about 35 miles ( I did about 70).  It was AWESOME!

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Something Blue…Lets start with a separation, right after an amicable divorce (see the last post)….While I took the zero with wife, Mtn. Goat hiked ahead and will be a day ahead of me until we are reunited on July 17th when I get my LAST pair of zero’s before the final stretch.  By hiking ahead, he gains a 3rd zero with his wife!: Hiking alone after hiking with a “trail family” can definitely make you feel blue if you allow it!

Former hiking buddies Sway and Snake are both injured and off the trail.  Snake had made it to Massachusetts and appears to have lost his desire to continue after issues with dehydration and electrolytes.  Sway injured an ankle and is home in Virginia figuring her next move once she receivers enough to continue.

Today’s Hike is History, Tomorrow’s Hike’s a Mystery.
Right now is a Gift.  That’s why it’s called the Present!

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    Patti : Jul 8th

    So proud of you guys and glad you got time to visit together!! You are rocking this journey Duke! We’ll continue to look out for Bobbi when she is home (& she looks out for us!) And glad to send supplies or help however we can support you…just day the word! Sandbags been asking for a road trip! 🙂

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      Duke Conrad : Jul 9th

      Patti,

      These are the dog days….some high heat, rain, rocks, roots and of course mountains……real mountains again….over 3,000’….4,000’…and more coming up…trying to stay focussed, but this 60 year old body keeps reminding me I have over 1600 miles completed and less than 600 left…just taking 1 day at a time and celebrating the finish of each days hike

      Thanks for the support and thanks for following the Blog?

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    Teresa C Phillips : Jul 8th

    What an amazing journey thus far. Just keep pushing thru. We are hoping to meet you at the end. Be safe and keep checking on each other until you reconnect. May God continue to watch over you and keep your feet strong and steady. XXOO

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      Duke Conrad : Jul 9th

      Thanks Teresa,

      I can DEFINITELY tell you that we are BOTH pretty cooked and ready for the finish!. I have 577.8 miles left and Brother Mtn. Goat has 563.4. When we remind ourselves where we are and where we’ve been, it really is a great feeling…..but we’ve got 6-7 weeks to go and are really looking forward to a week from today for the Goat and a week from tomorrow for me and the final wives visit before the final push!

      Chopper

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    BumbleBee : Jul 10th

    Keep on trekking! Thank you for letting me be part of your trail family❤️
    BumbleBee

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      Duke Conrad : Jul 12th

      Bumblebee,

      Thank YOU for being a part of our NOBO trail family! Good luck as you press ahead and have fun in NY?

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    Sway : Jul 11th

    I made the blog! I feel like I achieved another AT milestone! Sorry to hear Snake got off trail. It’s such a bummer losing the trail family, especially when it involves going home. I’m not done yet, though! Just a matter of when this fracture heals…

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      Duke Conrad : Jul 12th

      Sway,

      You’ve been a HUGE part of our SOBO & NOBO trail family! When you got injured, we all felt your pain and we’re really sorry to have lost you. We also look forward to the day you get back on the trail and will be celebrating your return?

      Chopper

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    Shu : Sep 7th

    Duke – not heard anything from you in a while – updates???

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