I’ve been home a week after completing the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. I’ve done the laundry and cleaned my hiking equipment. I’ve caught up with my blog. I’ve filled out my MST completer’s application.
One of the questions that was asked was: Did I want to recognize anyone who helped me with my journey? Of course, I did. I had to use an extra piece of paper to list them all.
No one does the MST by themselves. You need helper of all kinds. So here goes:
Sharon McCarthy, my hiking partner, without whom I would not have done the trail.
Scot Ward’s hiking guide, The Thru-Hiker’s Manual for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail of North Carolina without which I would not have done this trail. Scot’s book never steered us wrong. See Scot’s website.
Thank you to all the people who walked with me:
Don Gardner of Carolina Mountain Club for the Woods Mountain hike
Thank you to all the people who provided commercial shuttles (in west to east order):
Jonathan Creek Inn, Maggie Valley
Gabriel of Whippoorwill Inn, Danbury
Hank and Lynn Pownell, Glencoe Mill Village
Pete Farmer, PaddleCreek, Wake Forest
Janice Mines of Otway House Bed and Breakfast, Otway
Edwards Motel of Ocracoke
Sharon and Fred Williams, Sea Sound Motel, Rodanthe
Beacon Motel, Nag’s Head
Thank you to those who provided information outside the guidebook
Kevin Fitzgerald, Deputy Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for suggesting the Smokies route
Ian Fraher, 2010 completer who worked out a route through Eno River State Park
Kate Dixon, for updated route through Falls Lake
I couldn’t have done it without all of you.