Duke Conrad

I'm a former teacher and administratort and recent graduate from work . I'm also a husband, father of two and friend to many. I live in Suffolk, Virginia and I had a rather strange experience about 5 years ago that I can only describe as an "epiphany" of sorts. It was about doing a thru-hike on the AT. Short story made long, the plan is to flip flop starting March 13, 2016. Stay tuned.......and follow my brother, "Shrek" , newcomer to our adventure, niece "Scout"and I (Chopper/Bandanaman) as we start our great adventure!

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It’s almost like being married to the TRAIL!

It’s almost like being married to the TRAIL!

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

Jul 7, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Rocksylvania undeserving?

Rocksylvania undeserving?

So 1st let me qualify this by telling you we still have somewhere around 70 (give or take a couple tenths) miles left in Rocksylvania.  We also

Jun 12, 2016 : Duke Conrad
An Amicable Divorce

An Amicable Divorce

There is just no way around it....we needed a divorce....and we were all stepping on egg shells trying to figure out how to do it

Jun 6, 2016 : Duke Conrad
The Symbolic 1/2 way point tomorrow!

The Symbolic 1/2 way point tomorrow!

We put Virginia in our rear view mirror today!  Our 14 + mile hike has us 6.3 from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.  Once we pick up Greyhound

May 30, 2016 : Duke Conrad
SOBO Flip completed, now for the NOBO Flop!!

SOBO Flip completed, now for the NOBO Flop!!

Mission Complete On Sunday, May 15th, the trio finished the southern leg of their FLIP-FLOP SOBO and TAB (Trail Angel Bobbi) picked us up for the

May 21, 2016 : Duke Conrad
BIG Balds & BIG Butts, which one do you resemble?

BIG Balds & BIG Butts, which one do you resemble?

First, let's provide a hiker update: We're currently at mile marker 137.1 and sheltered at NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) in N.C.  Today's hike

May 5, 2016 : Duke Conrad
No Lions or Tigers…but BEARS, oh my!

No Lions or Tigers…but BEARS, oh my!

It's a question all too frequently asked on the Smoky Mountain National Park part of the AT. Then you see signs like the one above and ask

May 1, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Trail Magic, TRAIL MAGIC & ESREVER LIART CIGAM

Trail Magic, TRAIL MAGIC & ESREVER LIART CIGAM

Trail Magic simply stated is when a person or persons supply hikers with food and/or drink (or on occasion, a ride or place to stay) free, out of the

May 1, 2016 : Duke Conrad
OUTLAW SOBO HIKERS APPREHENDED!

OUTLAW SOBO HIKERS APPREHENDED!

Left to right, Mountain Goat, Greyhound & Chopper after a routine stop led to their removal from the mountain outside Hot Springs, N.C.  Heading

Apr 25, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Taking a new Trail Name a little too far!

Taking a new Trail Name a little too far!

Mountain Goat has taken his new name SERIOUSLY!! As soon as Rose set her eyes on Mountain Goat, she knew it was love at first

Apr 14, 2016 : Duke Conrad