Duncannon, PA to Delaware Water Gap, PA [1289 miles]

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Pennsylvania.

I was warned about this state on a cold night in Georgia. We were sitting around a cozy fire and a section hiker told me that Pennsylvania would eat me alive. I remember brushing off the warning. Sure, it’s hard, but won’t I be a hiking machine by then?

Nope.

Pennsylvania is rough. I have found it to be harder than any other state so far, even with its flat terrain. It’s hot, sunny, snake filled, rocky, and bug infested (they especially like to dive into my eyes).

I’m not really sure what keeps me going. Sometimes, it’s just little milestones. Pizza delivery at the 501 shelter, getting to sleep at the jailhouse hostel, and the constant yearning for the New Jersey border.

And there are some days, when even the milestones mean nothing.

On those days, I am only walking to be closer to Katahdin.

Every moment.
Every footprint.
Every bead of sweat.
Every ache.

Brings me closer to you.

In a few hours, I push into my 8th state: New Jersey. Maybe I’ll have new things to complain about.. like bears. (Really! NJ has a lot of bears!)

Goodbye, Pennsylvania.

You were a challenge. Thank you for making me stronger. You were an excellent training ground for the north and I’m proud to have hiked every mile.

A big thanks to all the trail angels in Pennsylvania! You helped me push through.

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11 thoughts on “Duncannon, PA to Delaware Water Gap, PA [1289 miles]

  1. Aww man, you stayed at the Beer Stein… I am 5 min. away. would have loved to meet up with you. Keep up the good work. You WILL make it…

  2. Acorn, glad to see you still going strong! I am curious as to why you switched out of the hammock for a tent.

  3. Acorn,
    Keep up the great work!
    The scenery continues to get better and better from DWG!
    WW

  4. David Maltby

    Of the five thru-hikers I started following this year, you are the only one still blogging. I am guessing that you are the only one still on the trail. Yeah, you are number One!

  5. Randy Ruble

    NJ will be a welcome relief! Yes, PA will help prepare you for the north, I suspect. I just returned from doing most of Maine and did make it to the Big K! But I have about 600 miles left from NY to Maine (Grafton Notch). You have a great attitude and I am enjoying your writing! Godspeed! Shady

  6. Pennsylvania and I were having a conversation the other day, and PA mentioned missing you already.

  7. CAROLYN ROGERS

    hey. our cousin lives very near Dalton,MA. Cindy & her daughter Chelle may like to bring you pizza & rootbeer. if you want that let me know how I tell them where you are love “auntie” c

  8. LM

    Grats! I would love to know how you dyed your pack. I have the Catalyst and would love to dye mine black. Also what do you wish you would have done different? I will be attempting my hike this spring with my lab. so I know things may be a bit different. Thanks in advance.

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