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Trey Wylie hiked the Appalachian Trail for NMSS

MacGyver

Trey Wylie

Trail: Appalachian Trail     Goal: 2190 Miles
Dates: Mar 16 2017 - Aug 12 2017
As you see, I don't have a trail name (yet)... I thought about hiking the AT 20 years ago but it wasn't the right time. Now that I have the time, we'll see how my body will hold up. I have my own reasons driving me but it would be nice ... more
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Finally a signal

Day away from Davenport Gap - Mile 224 - Apr 4th, 2017

Great day back on the trail in spite of starting out with an 8 mile up hill climb. The weather was great - actually had a view from the top of a mountain. Sunny - not terribly hot, if only it could stay that way. It is apparent fewer people are on the trail - the brush on the sides of the trail are becoming more of an issue. Johnny Walker and Muffit never made it to Nantahala but heard today they went to Franklin to recover. Momentum is stopping in Fontana in two days so I'll be back to solo. Support from all of you will be appreciated as always. Since I just got my stove, I had a delicious Ramen noodle dinner - Shrimp! Not expecting this next week to be the most gourmet - tried to keep my pack light for the Smokies. I just hope I didn't cut it so close that I run out of food. Coming into Nantahala was perfect - I was down to one meal but I'll just have to wait and see. Ann asked about wildlife. There's not much to report so far but a guy today took a video of a snake YEAH! I am really excited now 😳.
Today was a much harder day than expected - a lot of up and down including a section called Jacobs Ladder which was a challenge. Spent the day being tired and my feet are not happy. Drank more water than any other day so far. Reach my planned destination and decided to shelter - 70% chance of thunderstorms. Expecting rain the next couple of days but easier to start the day dry. Tomorrow is a long day with big uphills but I might get a chance to shower at Fontana Dam a third of the way thru. Still no cell service but already had to charge my phone. Last night with momentum 🙁.
Still can't post. I hear the service improves later on. Another long day and another monster climb but - I'm in the Smokies! It's pretty cold and is only going to get colder. I could try to gain some miles now that I'm solo but for now I don't want to. Being one day ahead allows my zero in Hot Springs to be timed perfectly. I can try to gain a little and have a short day in on Saturday - catch the third round and have all day Sunday to enjoy the Final Round... just don't carry it over until Monday! Not having service is a real bummer now because I don't get to hear from any of you. So, I think I cut it too close on food. Going to have to stretch it out and maybe lose a few more pounds. Might run out a day early (hopefully not more). I do have a nice box waiting in Davenport, TN. so I'll eat well then! Well it's getting late (7) almost hiker midnight ... guess I should get ready for bed. Hope you are all doing well and I look forward to talking with you soon. Good Night.
Freezing cold - wind - rain - not good. Weather tomorrow is supposed to be good but it's only going to last a day 😩. Bundled up now really hoping I can get out of the Smokies to my package, some cell service and some encouragement.
Did not post last night - exhausted. Decided I would try to get ahead in hopes to get to Standing Bear a day early so I hiked 19 miles from before sunrise and arrived in camp after dark just to throw up my tent and sleep. I figured I'd be incredibly sore but enough ibuprofen seems to work. So the goal was Pecks today - didn't happen. Non-stop, hard rain, wind and cold made for a short day just so I could get a spot in the shelter. On the suck factor scale - today was a 10! Good news is the next 2 days are supposed to be dry. I hope so... probably could still make it before more bad weather. Then maybe I can get organized enough to deal with the snow that's on the way. Making Hot Springs by Saturday night is in Jeopardy. Still a day ahead of schedule but the weather may force an extra zero I didn't want... have to wait and see.

MacGyver

Day away from Davenport Gap - Mile 224 - Apr 4th, 2017

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Hey MacGyver, hope you made it to Rangeley already but if not, there's a great hiker hostel on Rte 4 called The Farmhouse. I stayed there last year on my way through and they have a B&B in the main house as well as a thru-hiker bunkhouse that I had a great evening with some NOBOs. Hang in there and hope your gear catches up with you before Monson! Hike on buddy!

Scott Redfern

Aug 001 2017 6:28PM

Can't wait to see how you liked the Whites and especially the Presi's when you get through later this week. Hope your weather is as good as it has been in southern New England. That is a special area of New England to me! I know you are going to make to Katahdin so I already made my full donation NMSS, but I guess this site won't let me register it until you actually complete your hike. Hike on!

Scott Redfern

Jul 21 2017 05:12AM

2 more states to go MacGyver, you can do it! It was great hiking with you this weekend and I'll be keeping an eye on your progress buddy. MtnRunner (Scott)

Scott Redfern

Jul 16 2017 7:51PM

WASSUPP? 🤣I enjoyed chatting with you yesterday! Whatcha need? Advil, bourbon, duct tape? You are doing great!

Brook Wilson

Jun 29 2017 06:30AM

Just a note to let you know I am still following you on your trek and enjoying your journals tremendously! I am glad you are generously sharing your journey adventures! Stay well and have a fabulous upcoming weekend!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 28 2017 4:31PM

OK --- excuse me for interjecting, but I must say that each and every day brings a fresh beginning in every walk of life. New mercies every morning. Trey, I don't even know you - just met you once briefly, but the past is in the past, and it does not mold our futures. Forge ahead, my friend, forge ahead. Who knows what the day may bring? We all have regret, sorrows, trials and tribulations, but we also have abundant blessings and reassurance. Keep the faith, be courageous, and stand strong as your travel onward. I think I am hooked on following your path and reading your journals! Have a great weekend, and I hope you have pleasant weather!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 009 2017 05:41AM

Hey Trey! Thanks for the shout out on May 13th! I am enjoying reading your journal entries! Have you considered a career in writing novels?? You should! Your Journal entries are fascinating, honest, and insightful! Hope all is well with you today....best wishes for the trail ahead!!!

Ellyson Spickard

Jun 002 2017 5:35PM

what wonderful children your daddy and I have.it makes me cry with joy and happiness love you all

chris wylie

May 15 2017 09:17AM

Enjoyed meeting you today in the Town of Fincastle! You never know what the day will bring and who you will meet. It was a pleasure chatting with you and your brother....best wishes for successful hiking days ahead!!

Ellyson Spickard

May 11 2017 7:20PM

great legs

chris wylie

May 008 2017 3:50PM

are you going backward 462 chestnut knob and 542 atkins made my reservation see you soon

chris wylie

Apr 30 2017 2:47PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Apr 25 2017 06:19AM

It was such a delight getting to meet you in Damascus! Your stories had me hooked and I can't wait to continue to follow you throughout your journey! Your experiences are so inspiring! Keep going and don't give up! 😊 Look forward to reading all about it and seeing some photos along the way! Try to stay dry!

Jessica Sidebottom

Apr 24 2017 09:58AM

I hope you did your 2016 taxes...today is the day to file. Be glad you're in the wild, not putting up with city life. Hope you're not on your back like a turtle, again. Enjoy your time and warmer weather is becoming more consistent as you approach May. Good luck, brother.

Billy Wilson

Apr 18 2017 08:39AM

Finally got registration thing to work. Stay safe.

William Wylie

Apr 15 2017 09:46AM

Hi Trey! We finally got into town and got battery chargers and cell service. It was such a blessing running into you and MO on the Mountain. We really enjoyed camping with y'all that one night. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your words of wisdom, encouragement, and prayers. We are making our way slowly but surely one mile at a time towards Maine :) In Franklin NC right now and hope to be at NOC any April 3rd! Hope to see you again soon. God Bless!!!

Un Known

Mar 29 2017 8:55PM

Hi Trey! We finally got into town and got battery chargers and cell service. It was such a blessing running into you and MO on the Mountain. We really enjoyed camping with y'all that one night. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your words of wisdom, encouragement, and prayers. We are making our way slowly but surely one mile at a time towards Maine :) In Franklin NC right now and hope to be at NOC any April 3rd! Hope to see you again soon. God Bless!!!

Taylor Miller-Meeks

Mar 29 2017 7:21PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

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Mar 27 2017 06:04AM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Mar 25 2017 4:56PM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Un Known

Mar 24 2017 07:12AM

I'm glad someone is listen to my sage advice! Happy trails!

Mandy Wylie

Mar 23 2017 4:08PM

got home safe and sound. sleep well tonight and wear green on Friday. happy st pats.
love momma

chris wylie

Mar 16 2017 1:43PM

Yes- I thought the same thing during Church!!! I don't believe it's a coincidence. I believe it's a blessing and a reassuring sign. When daddy had his brain surgery, he was sent to recover in room 316! His nurse's name happened to be Angel. Daddy and I spoke of such reassurance from God. It's not that I don't want you to go; rather we will miss you. However the worry and apprehension is lessened because of our faith! John 3:16

Brook Wilson

Mar 14 2017 6:14PM

Keep your pack light and your spirits high. Enjoy your trip and we'll see you in Maine.

Billy Wilson

Mar 008 2017 5:09PM

Thank you for doing this Trey! We will enjoy following your journey! 💗🙏

Brook Wilson

Mar 008 2017 3:48PM

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