Florida Trail – Stage 3 – Eastern Panhandle

Start:  Apalachicola River Finish:  Winquepin St./CR 255 Distance:  198.6 miles (319.6 km) Time:  6.5 days ( December 17-23, 2011) Daily Average:  30.6 miles (49.2 km) Total Distance:  433.7 miles (697.8 km) Highlights: St Mark’s Wildlife Refuge: Founded in 1931, St Mark’s was one … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 2 – Western Panhandle

Start:  Harold Finish:  Apalachicola River Distance:  175.1 miles (281.8 km) Time:  5 days (December 12-16, 2011) Daily Average:  35 miles (56.3 km) Total Distance:  235.1 miles (378.3 km) Highlights: Ecofina creek: In particularly a very welcome afternoon swim at the … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 1 – Western Gate

Start:  Fort Pickens Finish:  Harold Time:  2 days (December 10-11, 2011) Distance:  60 miles (97 km) Daily Average:  30 miles (48.5 km) Highlights: Fort Pickens Historical Site: Built between 1829 and 1834, this scenically set garrison was one of only four forts which … Continue reading

SST – Stage 4 – Benton Mackaye Trail

Distance:  299 miles (481 km) – This total includes the extra 3 miles from Standing Bear Farm to Davenport Gap, as well as the additional 8.8 miles from Springer mountain down to Amicoala State Park trailhead. Start:  Davenport Gap, TN Finish:  Springer Mountain, … Continue reading

SST – Part 3 – AT/Smokies

Distance:  95 miles (153 km) Start: Cheoah Bald, NC Finish:  Green Corner Rd, TN (turnoff to Standing Bear Farm) Time:  3.5 days (Nov.13 to Nov.16) Daily Average:  27.1 miles Highlights: Hot showers at the Fontana Dam shelter; affectionately known by long … Continue reading

SST – Stage 2 – Bartram Trail

Distance:  116 miles (187 km) Start:  Russell Bridge, GA Finish:  Cheoah Bald, NC Time:  4.5 days (early Nov.8 to Nov.12) Daily Average:  25.8 miles (41.5 km) Highlights: The Georgia section of the Bartram Trail (about 38 miles) is distinguished by wonderful engraved … Continue reading

SST – Stage 1 – Foothills & Chattooga Trails

Distance:  73 miles approx. (117 km) Start:  Table Rock State Park, SC Finish:  Russell Bridge, SC/GA border Time:  3 days (late Nov.5 to early Nov.8 ) Daily Average:  24.3 miles (29.1 km) Highlights: Fall colours: Around the lower elevations of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 3 – Maine

Distance:  114 miles (183.4 km) Time:  3.5 days (10/16/11 – 10/19/2011) Daily Average:  32.6 miles (52.4 km) Total Distance:  624 miles (1004 km) Highlights: Mt.Katahdin – The southern terminus of the IAT and the jewel of Baxter State Park. The name … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 2 – New Brunswick

Distance:  171 miles (275 km) Time:  4.5 days (Oct.12-16) Daily Average:  38 miles (61.1 km) Total Distance: 510 miles (820.6 km) Highlights: Mt. Carleton State Park – this 12 km loop was the only real off-road hiking in all of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 1 – Quebec

Distance:  339 miles (545.5 km) – I had to miss a little over 150 km due to the Matane Wildlife Reserve closure. See below for details. Time:  12 days (9/30/2011 – 10/11/2011) Daily Average:  28.3 miles (45.5 km) Highlights: Back to … Continue reading

GDT- Stage 2- Banff to Jasper

Distance:  297 miles (477.9 km) Time:  9 days  (8/26/11 – 9/3/11) Daily Average:  33 miles (53.1 km) Total Distance:  606.1 miles (975.2 km) Highlights: Banff, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks were uniformly incredible. Specific areas which come to mind are Whistling … Continue reading