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Northport, WA

By karenskurka / June 12, 2005 /

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2005 — NORTHPORT, WA Andrew has hiked 6,994 miles, 90% of his 7,700-mile hike across the continent. Andrew had another good, interesting stretch of time on the trail. After leaving Eureka, on June 2nd, Andrew had two days of solid, heavy rain. Then, it rained or sprinkled every day for the week.…

Eureka, MT

By karenskurka / June 5, 2005 /

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 — EUREKA, MT Andrew has hiked 6,785 miles, 88% of his 7,700-mile hike across the continent. Andrew left Augusta, MT on May 21st and passed by a ranch that was hosting a “branding party”. He was invited to join and had his first experience with this real Montana tradition. Everyone, including family,…

Augusta, MT

By karenskurka / May 21, 2005 /

SATURDAY, MAY 21 — AUGUSTA, MT Andrew left Fort Peck on Sunday May 8th and began hiking through the Charles Russell National Wildlife Refuge. This was the week of heavy storms rolling through the Midwest.. On Tuesday, May 10th, it was raining as Andrew was setting up his shelter. Andrew woke up at 5:15am and…

Fort Peck, MT

By karenskurka / May 7, 2005 /

MAY 8, 2005 — FORT PECK, MT Andrew has hiked 5980 miles (or 78%) so far. On Monday April 25th, Andrew finished hiking the 4,400 mile North Country Trail. He then began a 900 mile section of terrain without defined hiking trails. He made an intentional 130 mile detour southwest into the Theodore Roosevelt National…

Riverdale, ND

By karenskurka / April 25, 2005 /

APRIL 25, 2005 — RIVERDALE, ND Andrew has hiked 5,632 miles, 73 % of his 7,700 mile Sea to Sea Hike. There are six points that Andrew wanted to make about the past week (Monday April 19 to Monday April 25). First, Andrew has transitioned from the headwaters of the Sheyenne River to the Mississippi…

Valley City, ND

By karenskurka / April 16, 2005 /

APRIL 16, 2005 — VALLEY CITY, ND (Andrew has hiked 5326 miles, 69% of his 7,700 mile hike across the continent) There were four defining moments this past week. The first was that Andrew had three full days of rain. Each day was all rain, falling every way but vertical. That made for a tough…

Frazee, MN

By karenskurka / April 10, 2005 /

APRIL 10, 2005 — FRAZEE, MN (Andrew has hiked 4937 miles, 64% of his 7,700-mile hike across the continent) Last week, Andrew found one unusual piece of “trail magic.” Andrew enjoyed “one ice cold can of beer that was probably lost by a snow-mobiler.” Andrew thanks his unknown friend for this bit of “trail magic…

Grand Rapids, MN

By karenskurka / April 2, 2005 /

APRIL 2, 2005 — GRAND RAPIDS, MN (Andrew has hiked 4937 miles, 64% of his 7,700-mile hike across the continent) The week of March 27th began with a difficult hike from the Gunflint Lodge area in the Boundary Waters to Ely, MN. Andrew knew he would have to remain on the changing-elevation, snow-covered trail to…

Gunflint Lodge, Boundary Waters, MN

By karenskurka / March 27, 2005 /

MARCH 27, 2005 — GUNFLINT LODGE, BOUNDARY WATERS, MN For the past week, Andrew continued his hike along the shores of Lake Superior on the Superior Hiking Trail. He called from Grand Marais on Tuesday, March 22, 2005. He reported that there is a daily freeze/thaw cycle. The morning temperatures are zero to 10F degrees.…

Silver Bay, MN

By karenskurka / March 15, 2005 /

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 — SILVER BAY, MN Andrew reached Duluth, MN on Sunday March 6th. At this point he is ahead of schedule and will reach the Continental Divide while it is still under heavy snow. He had decided to come home for five days to clean his gear and mentally prepare for the next…