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  1. 2018 will NOT be a complete wash-out!

    In late June of this year, as the knee on which I had surgery done six years began to hurt in the exact way it hurt prior to that surgery, I feared that another round of surgery would all but ruin my chances for major miles this year. As my last hike -- one that was, by design, ridiculously short -- resulted in LESS pain in my knee, I decided to do some real (for me at least) hiking.

    Living in the Philly area means it takes over a day of driving to get to places I've haven't hiked ...

    Updated 08-11-2018 at 22:41 by GoldenBear

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  2. Glad it was NOT deja vu all over again!

    Six years ago I had a bit of an interruption to my hiking
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...he-best-timing
    that, blessedly, did not end my dreams.
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...-a-description
    Indeed, since that operation, I've done over 1000 miles on The Trail.

    It was thus with an EXTREME sense of "Oh no, not AGAIN!" that I felt a similar kind pain in that same knee last ...
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  3. Third section (4/16/2017) - Finish GA , gets trail name, epic trail magic

    52.9 Unicoi Gap-85.4 Deep Gap- Kimsey Creek Trail

    we, my gf Kelli and I, upgraded the gear closet for this one and finally grasped the concept of “every ounce counts”. This would be our first time using our new BA Fly creek ul2. Shaving some serious weight, considering our last 2 trips I carried a ~9-10lb 4p MARMOT Limelight tent. Kelli was hiking with the REI FLASH ul 2 for the first time as well. Which she was not a fan of because of the flimsy support and the way some rigid fabric ...
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  4. second section (25th Birthday ) 10/16

    Second trip to the trail

    October 13-16 2016

    Woody Gap (20.8) - Unicoi Gap (52.9)

    Zach kelli zoey and Dave 4 virgin hikers

    We planned to continue from Woody's gap ( where we left off after our first visit) to Unicoi Gap. This time I was able to recruit a small party of friends to join us for my birthday . There were 7 of us and one dog Zoey . we drove up late Thursday night to get to woodys gap parking spot and set up camp late ~2 am .
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  5. Pine Grove Furnace State Park to James Fry Shelter


    Not seen very many posts on the journal lately - l continue to add miles to my journey, this time another 7.5 in southern PA. A little snow made for some moist feet. Day 2 was a bit frozen, glad I had my spikes.
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