Saturday, July 21, 2007

The End of Rockiness In Sight

(Phone Message Transcribed by Bethany)

Update from Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania.

Today is July 21, 2007. Lauren and I arrived in water gap in the early afternoon and we’re enjoying the accommodations at the Church of the Mountain which offers a nice place to stay for hikers. We are extremely proud of ourselves because we reached the Pennsylvania border today! That means that we are nearing the end of the rocky portion of our trip.

Pennsylvania Rocks

Climb out of Lehigh Gap

The last few days have been ridiculously rocky at points causing us to laugh a bit. There were several points were Lauren just about lost it, but we supported each other and we helped each other get through this time.

On another slightly disappointing note, my left hand is very swollen; I most likely have Lyme disease which is a serious but not urgent condition. We are going to be taking Sunday and Monday to rest and visit a family doctor and hopefully I’ll be able to start up on the antibiotics on Monday. I did have a deer tick on my hand one day, and that’s the spot where my hand is swelling up. My fingers look like sausages.

Chalk that up for an additional inconvenience but it’s not anything that feels like a major setback at this point. I don’t exactly remember the mileage at the gap but I believe that we’ve covered roughly 1250 miles of the AT this far and we are happy to be taking a zero day at the cute town of Delaware Water Gap.

An Unusual Tarp Pitch

The weather has been surprisingly cool and mild providing gorgeous hiking conditions making it pleasant to hike this portion of drought and limited water. I’m feeling tired, it’s a little after 9:30 pm, and I’m looking to get some sleep. I appreciate everybody’s concern and I hope to post once I know the diagnosis.

Over and Out.


  1. Hi Ben and Lauren! This is one of the Sportbike guys you met at the gas station Saturday night! (July 21) Delighted to meet both of you. Visit my brother at Pocono Medical Center near your present location about your hand, if you can't find a family type doctor easily. He's an ER doctor and should fix you right up. Ask for Dr.Cornish. Tell him Regan sent you!
    Take care and good luck.

  2. hope you get better dude. i'm thinking of you guys. i love reading the comments. sounds like an amazing experience. Talk to you soon!