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Amy McLain is hiking the Appalachian Trail for ABC


Amy McLain

Trail: Appalachian Trail     Goal: 2189 Miles
Dates: Apr 19 2016 - Nov 19 2016
I'm a hiking newbie. I love adventure. My husband and three kids are very excited and supportive about this hike. I couldn't do it without them. I have chosen to hike for American Black Cross. All the money donated will go to support the defense ... more
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Founded in 2015, the American Black Cross is a network of volunteers and activists dedicated to defending the prisoners of American Imperium, their humanitarian relief, and to the abolition of the country's industrial prisons systems:
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Good and Bad Days

PA - Mile 194 - May 14th, 2016

Hello my friends. I'm very grateful that you are willing to read my musings. You'll never know how much it means to me.
As with everyone, everywhere there are good days and bad days on the trail. 15 miles in new Keen boots = bad day. Having sweet friends that help you slack pack for days through some of the hardest part of the trail = good days. (Slack packing is when you only carry the things you need for the day, someone picks you up and delivers you to the trail. No camping.) I just can't thank my friend Ed Reagan enough for taking so much of his own time, gas and money to help me. He has made it possible for me to get good rest and stay well fed during this difficult section.
In other news, my little trail family has all gone its own ways. Some got off the trail, others wanted to go at different speeds. It was nice while it lasted. I switched from hammock camping to a tent. This allows me to more easily sleep in shelters when it's rainy and get more privacy in my tent when it's not.
Probably one of the biggest lessons I've learned out here so far is to just think/ worry about today. I can't let myself get bogged down in thoughts of what will happen weeks or months from now. I can only think about how I'm going to accomplish my goal today.
So far I've hiked 194 miles. Tomorrow I will break 200 and in 7 hiking days I'll be in another state. Exciting stuff! I'd really love it if you would sponsor me on hikefor.com . Until next time...


PA - Mile 194 - May 14th, 2016

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Amy, I think about you all the time and your amazing grit and dedication! Hope things are going well. Your blog sounds like something Ross would write. Great minds!

Lyn Ulbricht

Jun 16 2016 09:01AM

Congratulations, Amy, on reaching your one-month milestone! We friends and supporters of Ross, who are deeply inspired by his courage in the face of adversity, are also inspired by your own inner strength and determination. Thank you for sharing the life lessons you are learning. Good food for thought for us all. I see you have more sponsors. Let's keep it going!

Megan Cooper

May 20 2016 09:15AM

Thanks Megan! Things are looking up! And thanks so much for helping raise money for Ross' appeal!

Amy McLain

May 009 2016 7:28PM

Hi Amy!
This is Megan, your first sponsor (the first of MANY more, I hope!). I just read your post, and I want you to know that so many of us are first and foremost pulling for you to heal and regain your strength. Know that we are cheering you on from the sidelines and we admire your courage. That positive attitude of yours will go a long way to helping you with the challenges that lie ahead. You know what is best, and we don't want you to overdo things. Wishing you well!- Megan Cooper

Megan Cooper

Apr 22 2016 3:43PM

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Brandon Bober
$0.05 per mile
up to $109.45

$14.90 due

You're an inspiration! Continued success.
$0.15 per mile
up to $328.35

$44.70 due

Ash Hansen
You're freaking awesome!
$0.01 per mile
up to $21.89

$2.98 due

Will Fayen
$0.10 per mile
up to $218.90

$29.80 due

Megan Cooper
Thank you for hiking for justice for Ross!
$0.10 per mile
up to $218.90

$29.80 due