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  1. Day 44: Slack Pack SOBO

    To test out Not Sureís foot we slack packed ~9 miles from Indian Grave Gap back to Erwin. It was nice to go SOBO. One, because it was downhill. Knees were KT taped and held up well. Two, we got to see a lot more hikers. We counted 65+ thru hikers which is crazy. Going into town and the weather creates a bubble, but itís far more than I thought. Saw some hikers I hadnít seen in awhile. Beast, Tennessee, Lost and Found, Drizzle. It was nice to catch up. Made it back into Erwin just in time to miss ...
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  2. Day 43: 2nd Consecutive Zero Day

    This is the first time I have taken a 2nd zero day. I donít mind it, especially on a rainy day. Took it easy. Went to Walmart for resupply and to buy some new hiking pants. They got another hole, so they need to be replaced. My shuttle driver did warn me that Norovirus is going around the trail. Apparently it happens every year around this time. Last thing I want to do is get sick on trail.
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  3. Day 42: Zero Day

    Taking my first zero in over a week. Took it nice and easy in the hotel room. Was able to get my first dose of the COVID vaccine. I have another zero day tomorrow and then a slack pack which will be good in case I have a reaction, but so far so good. When I went to the post office, they had a little mascot. A cute kitty. I think all post offices should have one. 🐱
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  4. Day 41: Slack Pack to Erwin

    Got back to Spivey Gap first thing in the morning. Had both knees taped up and ready to go. The 11 miles into Erwin were relatively easy down hill and both knees felt good. Finished by 2pm and had a relaxing evening in the hotel room. Itís suppose to rain the next 3 days and I planned to take a zero tomorrow. Not Sure has 2 more zeros to rest up his foot and then he can resume Wednesday. He decided to continue on from Erwin instead of backtracking, but he wants to slack pack SOBO to make sure his ...
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  5. Day 40: Trail Legs; Not quite yet

    Started the day off with a good climb. It was 6 miles uphill from Sams Gap to the top of Big Bald Mountain. It was mostly nice and gradual and made good time. It was a beautiful open view from up top. I had a big day planned. 18 miles total to get to No Business Knob Shelter. After getting over Big Bald Mountain it was mostly downhill to the shelter, so I thought it was doable. However, after several miles of steep decent my left knee started to hurt a little. My right knee is what hurt before and ...
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