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  1. Day 55: Zero in Damascus

    Slept in this morning. Packed up my new pack for the first time. Everything fits really well. I weighed it with 2 days of food and no water and it came to 22 lbs!! Hopefully it rides well. Made it back into Damascus in the early afternoon. The Place, the hostel we are staying at tonight, has check in at 4:30pm. So we got a late lunch and chilled. The Place is run by a church, but it was not very welcoming. The guy running it was rude and there were a lot of rules. Anyways itís only for a night. ...
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  2. Day 54: Trail Days

    Excited to experience trail days today. Going to visit vendors, eat food, and see hikers Iíve met on trail. I would like to get a new pack and sleeping bag. My pack is 4.5 lbs which is on the heavy side, but is comfortable. The 2.5 lb packs arenít meant to carry more than 25-30 lbs. Now that itís warming up I want to switch my 15 degree bag to a 40 degree. I have one at home, but itís the same weight (2.4 lbs) as my one now. Hopefully, I can find one lighter here. There werenít many good pack vendors ...
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  3. Day 53: Goodbye Tennessee

    Have a 22 mile slack pack today. Getting shuttled by Boots Off to the trailhead. Unfortunately they couldnít get me there until 9:30am. Iíll be hiking into Damascus and Trail Days starts today. Trail Days is a annual event. There are vendors, food, and music. Hikers come from past years and current thru hikers shuttle back or up wherever they are on trail. The hike today is a pretty nice one. Iím up on a ridge, so thereís little elevation change before I descend into Damascus. Made good time. About ...
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  4. Day 52: Aqua Blazing

    Had a nice and relaxing morning. We donít start gathering for Aqua blazing until 10am. 😁 They have a full group of 14 hikers signed up. We are kayaking 8 miles and that will equate to 21 miles of the trail. Today was a beautiful day. Partly cloudy. Little wind. Still a little to cold for me to swim, but nice to dip my hands and feet in. Iím a little nervous that my arms wonít be able to handle all the work, but they held up really well. I was the only female that did a single kayak (the ...
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  5. Day 51: Short Rainy Day

    Only 8 miles today, but itís suppose to rain until mid afternoon. Easy and flat to start. Passed Laurel Falls. Good long decent down stone steps. That was interesting to do in the rain. Had a 3 mile ascent over Pond Flats Mountain. I can definitely feel myself getting into better and better shape. Iíve been feeling good. No pain and no blisters. On the descent I did start to feel cold. I think the wet was getting to me. Thankfully made it into Boots Off Hostel before 2pm. Able to shower, change ...
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