Now This Is Dinner!


A Section hiker shares a STEAK!

We’re 62.1 miles into our flip-flop thru-hike and Shrek, Scout and I (Chopper) ran into “Fisher” and “Ramblur” at the shelter.  “Fisher” had just gotten a ride into town and hit our shelter with 2 steaks, 5 sausages and a bag of shrimp…..which he SHARED!!!!

TALK ABOUT OMG……OMG!  After ramen, rice and potatoes with packaged meat, tonight was quite the feast!  2 days until our resupply by Vino (aka “Sir Packs Alot) and his wife Karen…..

Looking forward to seeing Vino
Since we last saw him at Matt’s Creek Shelter where he planned to hang out until getting picked up at the James River Footbridge by his wonderful wife Friday afternoon.  They’re meeting us Saturday morning at the Pizza Hut in Daleville to resupply us for week  2! 

Tonight we’re feeling full and happy!  They’re calling for colder temps and wintry mix Sunday night….We’ll take em as they come….we’ll take best weather wishes from all;

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Comments 13

  • Patti Taylor : Mar 18th

    Praying for the three of you every day. Looking forward to future updates. Love you guys.

    • Duke Conraf : Mar 18th

      Thanks Patti, with some sketchy (cold & wet) weather headed our way, we can use all the help we can get!

  • Scott Hammond : Mar 18th

    Shrimp, sausage, steak, Pizza Hut? Craig told me you guys would be roughing it for the next few months!

    • Duke Conraf : Mar 18th

      The dinner fixins by Fisher were quite the surprise! Between Scout, Shrek and I, we shared 3 sausages, a ribeye steak and maybe 6-8 shrimp….it was awesome! Looking forward to breakfast somewhere and resupply tomorrow…and a couple malts for me and Scout. 5 miles hike in and another 9 when we get dropped off…. Long day, but a happy one!

      • Helen Carpenter : Mar 19th

        Hey Duke, Sounds like all is going well especially if you are eating steak and shrimp. Good luck with the next leg of your journey. Thanks for blogging.

        • Duke Conrad : Mar 20th

          Thanks for following Helen! Without people to read my blog, it’s kinda a fuile gesture, so THANKS and keep following!! Tomorrow is our first Hostel day and hot showers, clean clothes & a bunk!!!!

  • Carol Farmer : Mar 18th

    Duke, I’m living vicariously through you. Can’t wait to read of your adventures. I taught about Lewis and Clark the other day. I was telling my students about the Appalachian Trail and some tales a friend had told me when she hiked it years ago.

    • Duke Conrad : Mar 19th

      Thanks Carol, today was a doozy with temps in the 30’s and sleet at the top of the ridge with some slick Rock scrambles and our longest day yet at 14 miles! Every day has its own unique challenges. It makes me think of some of our beach days….and right now, I’m missing them with this cold weather. Say hi to the rest of the family and keep following along;). I try to answer when I can!

  • Pamela Hensley : Mar 19th

    Love reading your blogs. I too am living vicariously through you. I am so excited for you guys. What an adventure of a lifetime. You all in my prayers. Tell Kelsey to watch out for the owls. teehee. Love you guys. Be safe.

    • Duke Conraf : Mar 19th

      Thanks Pam, I will;). We actually had a BUNCH of owls singing us to sleep a couple nights ago….it’s funny, cause the former Scout thought they were coyotes;)

      • [email protected] : Mar 20th

        Yes, I heard the story of Greyhound thinking it was coyotes from her momma’s facebook post.

  • Yvonne Roberts : Mar 22nd

    Go Duke Go. I admire you for taking on this awesome task.

    • Duke Conrad : Mar 26th


      And I appreciate you following my posts! Week #2 is done tomorrow and we have another 83 miles going into the books to go with the 88 from week 1. We decided to get a night in a real bed tomorrow night at the Douglas McAurthur Hotel in Narrows, Virginia. Next week we’ll go over 220 miles, which will represent 1/10 of the entire AT trail! 1 step at a time girl, 1 step at a time.



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