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  1. Day 73: Zero at 4 Pines Hostel

    Today started out great. The hostel staff made eggs and waffles. The waffles were especially good. The weather update this morning looks more favorable than it did last night, but Iím already in a zero mindset so I donít want to gear up and hike. So I guess itís more of a mental health day than a weather day. LOL. Chilled around the hostel all morning. There are chickens and some kind of hens here, so I collected eggs from the hen house and the yard. Did some chores, but mostly laid around. The ...
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  2. Day 72: Virginia Blues

    Today we slept in an extra hour due to our late day yesterday. Packed up and left Angelís Rest by 8:30am. Got a shuttle back to trail. We are going to play today by ear. Thereís a shelter at 10 miles and weíll go from there. Today starts with a climb. After a zero and 2 days of slack packing, I have to get use to my pack again. It was a struggle. I drank all my water and had to go .4 miles off trail to get more. Even the flat ridge was rocky which made it challenging. I took a lot of breaks today ...
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  3. Day 71: Slack Packing 21 miles

    Today we a slack packing again. The terrain is harder today, so we arenít moving as fast as we did yesterday. For some reason a few miles in I started to not feel well. I stopped to drink some water and it hurt a little in my stomach. I didnít feel sick more of just a lack of energy. At this point we still had 15 miles to do which didnít seem possible in the moment. I texted our shuttle driver to see what our options are. There were some closer pick up points but they were more expensive. We stopped ...
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  4. Day 70: Slack Packing 20 miles

    Got an early start to do our 20 mile slack pack SOBO back to Pearisburg. Started the day off with a climb, but it was switch backed really well so not too hard. Even though itís 20 miles itís suppose to be nice and easy. Made good time and got to Rice Field Shelter for lunch. The nice thing about going SOBO is seeing the NOBO hikers. I came across Poet and Scribe. Two brothers I hadnít seen since the NOC. I think they have always just been a day or two ahead of me, but now Iíve caught them so hopefully ...
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  5. Friday, June 4, 2021, 7 am

    I did a nero (low mileage day) yesterday in order to resupply in Waynesboro, VA. My mileage yesterday was 5 miles. My mileage the day before was 15.8, which was my largest mileage since my shin splint injury. My shin feels a little sore at times but no sharp pain. I am now at mile 864.

    They say "the Trail provides." Well the Trail provided me with a physical therapist earlier this week. Her name is Little Bird, who is walking with her boyfriend, Two Tone. Though I have received ...
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