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    Anyone know where the southern end of the bubble is now?
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    Entering Shenandoah National Park at Rockfish Gap.

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    The southern tip of the thru-hikers are in Pearisburg VA area and their is a couple in Hampton TN, you will find thru-hikers through out VA,WVA,PA and southern NJ.

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    Pearisburg, VA, 625 miles on a NOBO, 1550 to go.
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    What? Thru-hikers already left?

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    The middle of the bubble is in the south part of Shenandoah National Park, as johnnybgood says; the south end of it is nearing Atkins, VA and the north end of it is around Delaware Water Gap, PA. Any thru-hiker outside of that area is among the 15% of farthest along the trail or 15% of least far along when it comes to NOBO thru-hike completers, if this year is like past years.
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    I just strolled into Pearisburg yesterday and there are a fair amount of hikers here. I can definitely confirm that I'm still in the bubble here. I have a big month ahead of me though! I'm hoping to hit the midpoint by July 1st. Yikes. June is going to be a lot of walking!
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    I spent Friday and Saturday in Shenandoah National Park doing trail magic. I located myself at a campsite in big meadows at site E 181 in the park. I was able to provide trail magic to around 29 thru hikers, and one sectionhiker many of us know Smoky Mountain Trail club . 6 of them decided to stay at my campsite. They were able to get the adjoining campsite next to me , with their permission the following people shared the evening / and Saturday morning eating hot dogs hamburgers ,chips, sodas/water/jucies,,yogurt bananas, and apples. Here is a list of the thru hikers passing through Big Meadows on May 3oth: Spot, Bluejay, Redleg,(linked up w/his sister in SNP) Big Mo, Oconee, Kickapoo,The Kallin Family ,Cartwheel, .Robinhood, Mama Bear, Dad-Starting dok(msp) and their dog Orion, Jett Cat, Wired, High loon, ending the day with Bismarck and Hopper. Hopefully I'll meet up with them again when I do my southbound in mid-july that is all I have...Tic-Toc

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    Loved reading the Wired, Bismark and Hopper names. Wish I was there
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    Quote Originally Posted by O-H-10 Lil Ohio View Post
    I spent Friday and Saturday in Shenandoah National Park doing trail magic. I located myself at a campsite in big meadows at site E 181 in the park. I was able to provide trail magic to around 29 thru hikers, and one sectionhiker many of us know Smoky Mountain Trail club . 6 of them decided to stay at my campsite. They were able to get the adjoining campsite next to me , with their permission the following people shared the evening / and Saturday morning eating hot dogs hamburgers ,chips, sodas/water/jucies,,yogurt bananas, and apples. Here is a list of the thru hikers passing through Big Meadows on May 3oth: Spot, Bluejay, Redleg,(linked up w/his sister in SNP) Big Mo, Oconee, Kickapoo,The Kallin Family ,Cartwheel, .Robinhood, Mama Bear, Dad-Starting dok(msp) and their dog Orion, Jett Cat, Wired, High loon, ending the day with Bismarck and Hopper. Hopefully I'll meet up with them again when I do my southbound in mid-july that is all I have...Tic-Toc
    On Saturday I hiked Thorton Gap to Big Meadows and I did pass about 20 some thrus. I do remember the names of Bismarck and Hopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    The middle of the bubble is in the south part of Shenandoah National Park... if this year is like past years.
    I wonder how this year has been going on the trail. It was a very cold winter in many parts, but it seems that the thru-hiking season has been relatively calm compared to last year's weather and Norovirus outbreak.

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    Birds Nest Hut did have a new sign up warning hikers to wash their hands to stop the spread of a stomach virus . But i have not heard of anyone being sick.

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    From one who was VERY coddled.
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    Good to hear that there's not an outbreak like last year. I guess word got out rather quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    The middle of the bubble is in the south part of Shenandoah National Park, as johnnybgood says; the south end of it is nearing Atkins, VA and the north end of it is around Delaware Water Gap, PA. Any thru-hiker outside of that area is among the 15% of farthest along the trail or 15% of least far along when it comes to NOBO thru-hike completers, if this year is like past years.
    This might be about right. There is still a good number of hikers coming through town here.

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    As of 6/7/14 thru hikers in the area of Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro are at the thinnest numbers I have seen on the trail so far. There's a good handful of us but we have noticeably thinned out and I've been doing a lot of hiking while completely alone. The only reason I know there are thrus around me are because of shelter registers and catching up in town.


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    Basically, their spread out all over the place, with most in central Virginia.

    I just got off the trail at Daleville the other day. I was in something of a void up till there, but the 100+ who left Trail days when I got on at Partnership were starting to catch up. A steady trickle of the faster hikers were passing me right along, but I was able to stay ahead of the bulk of the TD bubble which left Damascus. Those guys are likely mostly between Pearisburg and Daleville right now. Most of those I meet had started during the first two weeks of April and a couple in late March.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota Joe View Post
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    DJ, good to hear from ya. I hope your hike is going well.

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