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 that brightened his day.”
The trail has continued into Akeley, MN and through the Itasca State Park, which is the headwater area for the Mississippi River. Andrew reported that you can “jump across the Mississippi” at this point in the park. He then hiked into Frazee, MN.
On Friday night April 8th Andrew visited and stayed with Ray and Lynnette Vlasak, members of the North Country Trail. Ray told Andrew that “the ice on the lakes would last only another two weeks but it is not safe.” The weather continues to improve and Andrew is spending more nights sleeping outside. He is changing his gear to reflect these warmer days and has been averaging over 30 miles per day.