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  1. Filling in a gap, and adding a few more miles

    As my previous post from this year noted, I've been hampered in any attempt to get on The Trail in 2020. Still, last week I managed to (1) fill in a four-mile gap that I had previously let slip through and (2) get more miles within Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Nothing major, even for me, but it was a few more miles.

    Previous section hikes have ended at Greasy Creek Gap and begun at Iron Mountain Gap. That left 4.2 miles of the A.T. that I had left un-walked, and I ...
  2. It wasn't much -- but it was SOMETHING

    I'm far from alone in having had plans for hiking on the A.T. this year disrupted by Covid-19. My home state of Pennsylvania, for example, strongly urges people who travel to Covid hot-spots to quarantine for 14 days after returning. And New England states require such a quarantine for any visitor from outside the area. Thus, travels to those parts of The Trail I want to walk on will require quite a bit of quarantine.
    In addition, my mother's long journey with dementia ended this last month, ...