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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Can’t see the Forest for the trees?

Can’t see the Forest for the trees?

Water, water everywhere

Apr 14, 2016 : Duke Conrad
The TRAIL finds your name!

The TRAIL finds your name!

The trail has a way of finding your trail name. Just give it a little time!

Apr 9, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Damascus today, Tennessee tomorrow!

Damascus today, Tennessee tomorrow!

Last night's stay at Saunder's Shelter.  Didn't want to put away a cold wet tent.  Temps dropped into the low 20's overnight and shared a space

Apr 9, 2016 : Duke Conrad
ZERO here and gone and SLACKPACKING fun

ZERO here and gone and SLACKPACKING fun

Left to right, Shrek, TAM (Trail Angel Mary), Greyhound, TAB (Trail Angel Bobbi) & Chopper in front of Linda Mood Schoolhouse where Shrek drank

Apr 4, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Over, Under, Around or Through?

Over, Under, Around or Through?

As a hiker, you look for white blazes on trees every 50 yards or so.....but the AT Trail Volunteers have a MASSIVE task keeping the trail clean, safe

Apr 1, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Our Accommodations/A Variety to Choose From

Our Accommodations/A Variety to Choose From

4 Types of stays in 4 days!

Mar 30, 2016 : Duke Conrad
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

We just finished day 12 and it's been awhile since I've had service to update everyone... so I decided to do the good, the bad & the ugly from the

Mar 25, 2016 : Duke Conrad
A Breakfast Buffet, 1st Resupply & Hiker Ceremony

A Breakfast Buffet, 1st Resupply & Hiker Ceremony

Left to right, Shrek, Scout & ChopperToday was day 7 of our flip-flop thru hike and it was also resupply day.  "Sir Packs Alot" and his wife

Mar 19, 2016 : Duke Conrad
Now This Is Dinner!

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"

Mar 17, 2016 : Duke Conrad
An A.T. Ode to a Daughter & 2 Brothers

An A.T. Ode to a Daughter & 2 Brothers

My younger sister wrote a poem to get us started on our thru-hike, which starts Sunday, March 13 and I'd love to share it with you!From left

Mar 12, 2016 : Duke Conrad