You might not think that tropical storm Irene would affect Appalachian Trail hikers. Think again. Although Vermont got hit the hardest and most A.T. thru-hikers are now in Maine, the storm has had rippling effects. While reviewing www.trailjournals.com here’s one example I found from “Rusty Bumper’s” journal.
See what I mean? He’s in Maine and the storm not only messed up his hiking, it also fouled up other plans; his friends were driving 350 miles to see him.
And this from a former A.T. thru-hiker reporting from Vermont.
Matt Porter posted in AT03 – Appalachian Trail Class of 2003.
Some hikers, I’m sure, have been unable to post updates because they’ve been stranded and are waiting for water levels to recede. Hikers who are still in Vermont may be without power.
We wish the best to all hikers who braved tropical storm Irene. Hopefully, the worst is behind you.
Photo borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Springfield Vermont News
Did you see that Rusty Bumper broke his leg on the day of your entry (9/2) when he had 88 miles left to go?
Dawn (M&M AT ’07)
Sad to say, I did, but after I had posted. It is very unfortunate, but I tip my hat to him. Eighty-eight miles is not far (after all he completed), and he can finish the trail next year, or any time, after he recovers. I hope Rusty tells me when he does finish; I’d like to do a follow-up post for him. Meanwhile, all the best.