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  1. Day 80: Big Climb

    Woke up this morning pretty much having decided to quit the trail. Parted of me wanted to cut back my mileage and continue to at least Harperís Ferry, but once I felt done it was hard to be motivated to continue hiking. I spent the morning talking to hikers telling them my plan. Some tried to convince me to stay, some seemed content with my reasoning. The breakfast the campground made was amazing. I donít think I have ever had a better biscuit in my life. On the ride back to the trail we saw a baby ...
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  2. Day 79: Mental Day

    Today was a hard day. Not physically, not due to the terrain or weather, but mentally. Recently several hikers have decided to get off because they miss their families or arenít enjoying the trail anymore. And the hikers that remain are talking about their own struggles. Itís nice to know Iím not the only one feeling this way, but itís also adding to my own anxiety versus making me excited to be out here. Pickles whom Iím hiking with is really struggling and her depression is really bringing me ...
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  3. Day 78: Long Day

    Today we are going to try to do 18 miles to Bobblets Gap Shelter. We started the day off with a climb, but there were a lot of switch backs so it wasnít that bad. It started to rain around noon for about 30 minutes. Weíre entering that time of afternoon showers. Luckily the sun comes out after and dries you out quickly. We took a nice long break at a shelter around mile 11. This helped rejuvenate me for the rest of the day. Looked like it was suppose to rain again about 6pm, but luckily it just ...
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  4. Day 77: Cautionary Zero

    Taking another zero today in case I have a reaction. Didnít get a fever or anything but didnít have much energy. Spent the day in the room chilling. Surprisingly most of the other hikers I know did a 2nd zero as well, so it didnít really set me back which feels nice.
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  5. Day 76: 2nd COVID Vaccine

    Todayís goal is to get my 2nd COVID shot. Needs to be Moderna and so far every place Iíve called only has Phizer. Started the day slow since most places werenít open yet on a Sunday. Had lunch at the Three Little Pigs and then went to Kroger to resupply. When I got back to the hotel there was a group getting a shuttle into Roanoke. I decided to jump on since I knew that was were I needed to get to find my shot. Finally found a CVS that had Moderna and could fit me in that day, so I got an Uber. ...
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