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    Dwill here. On Wednesday I had to leave the...

    Dwill here. On Wednesday I had to leave the trail and went directly to the hospital in Hagarstown. Had Heat Stroke, dehydration, exhaustion, and partial renal shutdown. Darn! Been hiking many...
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    Count me in, too. I will also be in hiking garb...

    Count me in, too. I will also be in hiking garb and boots.
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    I get to HF on Amtrack (from Chicago) about noon....

    I get to HF on Amtrack (from Chicago) about noon. Would definitely like to get together with you other FFers Friday afternoon or evening or dinner. Meet up at Teahorse? Let's set a time. I know...
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    Been watching the weather for Harper's Ferry and...

    Been watching the weather for Harper's Ferry and on into Maryland and Pennsylvania. WOW! The gods are smiling on us flip-floppers! It's going to be around 80-degrees by Monday, with lows in the...
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    Danger - 52 Jefferson Street is literally right...

    Danger - 52 Jefferson Street is literally right around the corner from the Teahorse Hostel, where I (and I assume other FFers) will stay Friday and Saturday nights. It looks like it might be 1/3 to...
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    I do not have a post-hike plan - and it's OK with...

    I do not have a post-hike plan - and it's OK with me. I suspect a lot of us intending to thru-hike do not have any idea what after-trail life will be like. If I am successful hiking all the way, I...
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    Thanks Laurie! If I keep up the pace I expect...

    Thanks Laurie! If I keep up the pace I expect to, I (and, I suspect, many fellow FFers) will to be in NH mid-July and in Maine early to mid-August. This will be past the real bad months for black...
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    I'm pretty much with you, too, on this,...

    I'm pretty much with you, too, on this, Hummingbird. There is so much more we will learn while actually hiking the trail than we can learn reading blogs and forums. For my part, I really do not...
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    Yeah, I was planning on first resupply at...

    Yeah, I was planning on first resupply at Waynesboro. I'm going to start off slow, 7-8 miles per day for a few days, and then start to pick it up - which equates to 5-6 days of food. I always start...
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    I thought I was done going through my pack trying...

    I thought I was done going through my pack trying to reduce an ounce here and an ounce there - but here I am still going through the same stuff again. It looks like I'll be at 32-33 lbs with 6-days...
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    I agree. Thanks Treehugger! I think (based on...

    I agree. Thanks Treehugger! I think (based on what you and everybody else said) that I am hitting the trail at HF with too much food. I'll trim that down. I figure I'll trim gear as I go, as you...
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    I keep thinking - two weeks from today I leave...

    I keep thinking - two weeks from today I leave for HF. All these 30-pages of anticipation are coming down to the final stretch.
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    Sorry 'bout your patella, Treehugger! I hope you...

    Sorry 'bout your patella, Treehugger! I hope you heal fast and join us in HF for FFKO.
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    Ladyofthewoods - I think all we can do about...

    Ladyofthewoods - I think all we can do about black flies (or mosquitoes or ticks) is take the normal precautions - and to TRY to maintain the right mental space. Like Danger Dave says, bad stuff is...
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    This is from: Maine Nature News...

    This is from: Maine Nature News

    Black Fly InfoBlack flies really are a nuisance but I hope you won’t let that keep you inside. There are repellents and gear that work well to protect you from...
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    Poll: I have a pair of Hi-Tec water shoes that are much...

    I have a pair of Hi-Tec water shoes that are much lighter than crocs. I've used them on many trips - they've saved my butt crossing rocky, slippery, fast-moving streams many times. They double as...
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    I promise to pee as required by my bladder.

    I promise to pee as required by my bladder.
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    My very iffy planning spreadsheet has me back in...

    My very iffy planning spreadsheet has me back in HF September 15 - a week after Labor Day. But I actually have no idea when I will start phase 2. My only solid plan is to hike just as fast as I...
  19. Anyone with the trail name 'Carbo' had BETTER...

    Anyone with the trail name 'Carbo' had BETTER love Flip Flopper Flapjacks!
  20. I am looking forward to the Flop Flop Kick Off...

    I am looking forward to the Flop Flop Kick Off and to meeting my fellow Flip Floppers. Thanks Laurie for all you've done to make this what it is.
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    Thanks for the tips! All my experience (many...

    Thanks for the tips! All my experience (many years) has been in the Sierras - and resupply is more challenging there. Everything has to be shipped in to very few specific locations. And late in...
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    Thanks! You never know how much water to bring...

    Thanks! You never know how much water to bring until you get on the trail and see how frequently you come across water. I tend to carry too much water - I've been stuck with no water before a...
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    Well - I just loaded up my pack as if I were...

    Well - I just loaded up my pack as if I were hitting the trail and I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that I have everything I need for this trip/hike/adventure/challenge/piece...
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    Thanks TreeHugger! My hope is that by the time I...

    Thanks TreeHugger! My hope is that by the time I (and the other Harper's Ferry FFR's) start the 2nd 1/2 of our journey/adventure/challenge and hit that section of trail, we will be in the best shape...
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    Whitney Portal Hostel is a great place. Stay in...

    Whitney Portal Hostel is a great place. Stay in a bunk room or a semi-private room at great rates. It's just a block from the bus pickup.

    The same guy (Doug) owns the Whitney Portal store. ...
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