Ice Age Trail

Day 9 – IAT Mile 128.6 to 143.7

Today’s plan was centered around weather and walking.  Severe thunderstorms were scheduled to roll into our area around 1pm and we wanted to get as many miles in as possible.  On the trail by 0630, 15.0 miles completed; we kicked ass.  Our plan called for a 22 mile day, that’s 7 missed miles that we will make up, or not.  7 miles may not seem like much,
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Day 10 – IAT Mile 143.7 to 164.3

You may be wondering how it is possible for a trail to stretch across all of Wisconsin.  The short answer is that it doesn’t really work that way.  The IAT and pretty much all other long trails are a patchwork of many small segments.  We walk through all kinds of land, State, County, privately owned. When a Trail organization, like the Ice Age Alliance, is unable
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Day 11 – IAT Mile 164.3 to 184.2

Another day, another goodbye.  We hung out with Shauna longer and started hiking later than usual this morning.  Partly because today’s hike is shorter and partly because we didn’t want to part ways.  We haven’t had the opportunity to spend this much time with Shauna since we all lived together over a decade ago.  Shauna the amazing Trail Angel had really gotten the routine down well
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Day 12 – IAT Mile 182.4 to 207.4

Our morning started just the same as the night had ended, trail magical.  Our fantabulous hosts, Paul and Ann, made us coffee with a side of bacon, eggs and toast.  We all sat in their three seasons room for a while and chatted about our lives, getting to know one another better in the light of a new day.  It turns out that a popular bicycling
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Day 13 – IAT Mile 207.4 to 228.0

One of my goals in this whole hiking the IAT thing is to update the GD Guthooks map.  Other than the road walking, one of the clear barriers for entry into this adventure is the lack of information regarding important waypoints like water.  People have clearly hiked these paths before, even left comments, most of which are outdated or not helpful.  Saying, “cool bridge” on a
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Day 14 – IAT Mile 228.0 to 242.8

Anyone who knows Brianna will not be surprised by this statement: the girl loves her breaks.  Sure, we take a lot of necessary breaks for heat and feet, it’s really about how she has the ability to slip into them so naturally and never come out.  I’ve got at least a picture a day of her leaning back on her pack, shoes off, eyes closed.  If
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Day 15 – IAT Mile 242.8 to 258.9

The forest was dead silent last night.  A deep breath before the plunge (Lord of the Rings Quote).  Without a doubt the quietest night we have ever spent in the backwoods.  You’d think that would help us sleep, but it didn’t.  We both stirred all night, and every one of the many times we woke back up, the forest was still silent.  Thoughts of the movie Evil Dead
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Day 18 – IAT Mile 280.5 to 292.4

Mel, Brianna & I were all up and out of bed by 0430 this morning.  Brianna jumped in the shower while I made toast with jam and some banana slices.  We didn’t have to be up early this morning, only a 12 mile day, but Brianna and I are strong in our resolve to start hiking earlier, take more breaks, finish the day earlier. The
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