5 days and still hiking!

I’ve just finished 5 days “real hiking”, and still ready for more. It’s been a week of firsts.
Big decision each night is weather to stop at a Shelter which are big 3 sided cabins that will protect you from the rain. Tend to be many people there, sleeping side by side. I have diagnosed many new cases of sleep apnea and will be making appropriate referrals to Dr.  E. 
Other choice is to camp in the woods or campsites using your tent.
It’s been raining almost every day (and night).
One night I decided it was this for me to camp alone in the woods. Turned out it poured that night. I did stay warm and dry. However, about 2  AM I heard rumbling outside the tent.  Checked outside and saw what appeared to be  a large grizzly bear. Fortunately,  had my albuterol inhaler.  Two  puffs of Proventil and he ran right back into the woods. No problem for w rest of the night. I did have to pack my tent and equipment in the rain to get started that morning. Sounds like  fun  right!
I would say  40% of the time I’m thinking this is really great.  That is usually when there are great views and sights or waking through the woods on level ground. 50% of the time is usually up and down rather steep terrain, and I’m thinking “this is tough, but I’m pretty sure I can get better at this”  10% of the time, I’m thinking “what did I sing up for here!.  Legs, knees, back and feet seem to be holding out so far. Main concern is stumbling or tripping on rocks with my pack of.
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Out of Maryland into Pennsylvania



  1. Anne N · May 6, 2016

    Your blog is the best way to hike the trail vicariously!


    • Mike Bauer · May 6, 2016

      Still trying to find the perfect hiking pillow! You know I’m very picky


  2. Tom Breiten · May 6, 2016

    Keep up the good work! Drier days are just ahead.


  3. LCE · May 6, 2016

    Hope your food supply is holding up. Keep on trekking.


  4. daN baueR · May 6, 2016

    You’ve taken on quite a challenge and we’re all rooting for you. Pretty soon all of the rain will be over and just a memory. Keep on moving one step at a time and keep your balance.


  5. aliciawiswell · May 6, 2016

    Hope you taught the bear how to use and Aeorchamber! Glad you’re safe:)


  6. ericandpabloknight · May 6, 2016

    Say hi to Ursus americanus for me 😳


  7. griger · May 6, 2016

    I won’t comment often, but know I’m always out there enjoying your posts. Love all the pics. I’m guessing next week you’ll settle into a nice rhythm.


    • Mike Bauer · May 7, 2016

      Thanks Dave! 12 miles today. Very gradually getting the milage up.


  8. aridbags · May 11, 2016

    Glad you didn’t meet the grizzly face-to-face! Keep that inhaler close by! Keep Calm and Hike On 🙂


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