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  1. Exploring Helen...Catching Up

    As TD said, we took another zero day in Helen. I thought about apologizing for it, but then realized it's our Hike, and we are doing what we need. I woke up this morning feeling horrible. We made it to breakfast, did laundry, and then it was time for me to sleep...in a bed. A few hours of recouping, I was back to myself. We cleaned up, made some plans, and headed out to explore the town during the day (as some of you may know, Helen tends to close down about 5). The streets are decorated for Christmas ...
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  2. A Couple of Zeros

    We took a couple of Zeros and shuttled forward for a hotel and to fix or repurchase a new pack for me. A broken pack, knee issues for me, and some side problems for her have slowed us down. With that said, we just took a couple of days off. We will be returning to Mountain Crossings tomorrow to continue on with our thru-hike. I know it's early to be taking zeros, but we are trying to remain healthy. It also rained, so we figured that sitting it out with this cold at night was smart. We will be back ...
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  3. Day #4 and #5

    12/13/14 5:55pm
    Today was a ****ty day to me…My strap on my pack broke, butRedemption was slick enough to rig up something that last me till Hawk MountainShelter. Today we hiked 4.5 miles. We are still going slow, but there are noinjuries…just blisters. I can see that I am getting irritable. There was a lotof activity on the trail today…probably weekend day hikers. Tomorrow, we aregonna try 7.7 miles to Gooch Mountain Shelter. Hopefully my pack makes it totown…I already need to replace a ...
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  4. Day #3 to Three Forks

    12/13/14 5:55pm
    Today was a ****ty day to me…My strap on my pack broke, butRedemption was slick enough to rig up something that last me till Hawk MountainShelter. Today we hiked 4.5 miles. We are still going slow, but there are noinjuries…just blisters. I can see that I am getting irritable. There was a lotof activity on the trail today…probably weekend day hikers. Tomorrow, we aregonna try 7.7 miles to Gooch Mountain Shelter. Hopefully my pack makes it totown…I already need to replace a ...
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  5. Day #2 to Black Gap

    12/12/14 7:14pm
    Wow, what a day! We summited Springer. Which was the hardestthing yet to do. I thought she was gonna give up, but she didn’t. After summitting springer, wesaw the most amazing view and felt better than ever…We were ready for themission. We got to see some amazing forestry on our way to stover creek. Wepassed the shelter and found a camp ground near three forks. I think we did atotal of 6.4 miles today…MY feet are starting to kill me…tomorrow, it’s HawkMountain. Are bears ...
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