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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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Overwhelmed

Tumbling Run - Mile 1073 - Jun 3rd, 2017

6/3 - I'm pretty tired... I called a Hostel to make sure they have room Monday night - mainly so I can do laundry. That's some boring information... I'm in Pennsylvania! Crossed the Mason-Dixon Line ... so I'm amongst them now... hope they're friendly! I have some people I need to thank too. First, Ellyson - thank you so much for your kind, humbling words... it means a lot to know you are still following along! I hiked with a girl today named Kate. She doesn't have a trail name yet because it's only her fourth day out. We had a great day and I think she was proud (and sore) when we finished. More importantly, I think she was happy. She said she was a little down the night before but I could tell tonight that her spirits were up... it wasn't me ... I think she might read this and she knows where the credit goes - which brings me to Pam.
I was running low on food so I got up early to walk 2 miles into Smithsburg ... the road was really busy the night before so maybe someone will stop and give me a ride - no such luck - it's Saturday. No worries, it's an easy down hill and I make great time. I get to the Dollar General (by now I know what they offer because their in every hiker town) as they open and I run into a chatty/sweet young lady who works there. She tells me all about what's going on in her world and I listen while I shop... she was happy and from her story --- happy to be alive. I didn't think much more about it - just that she was nice and that I had to get to the trail. I'm in front of the store sorting thru my food and re packing my back pack - people come in and out - some speak, some ask if I'm hiking - one lady in particular says she'll pray for me.... a few minutes later the same lady pulls back into the parking lot and says God told her to turn around and come pray with me - would I mind? You all know I need all the help I can get! I told her thank you, I would be happy to pray with her but she'd be a True Saint if she'd drive me the 2 miles back up the hill 😁. We talked on the ride... she was so nice - a retired nurse... she and her husband operate a farm to help autistic children... turns out she plays scrabble with Dr. Ben Carson... who was the Doctor for her daughter who may have lost her life without his help... the same happy girl I spoke with in the Dollar General! We did pray - she prayed for me ... I thanked her and gave her a hug... as I walked away into the cover of the woods it was hard to fight back the tears as they rolled down my cheeks... how overwhelmed I am by the kindness and love bestowed upon me during this journey by you all .. how humbling it is and how blessed I am.. it was easy to lift up Kate's spirits today - but it wasn't me.

MacGyver

Tumbling Run - Mile 1073 - Jun 3rd, 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!

Un Known

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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Hike on MacGyver!
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Ellyson Spickard
You are doing a great thing!
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William Wylie
Keep up the good work!
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